Get PHIT #America , The PHIT Act

I usually never discuss politics on my Athletic Forums. Let’s face it,  politics and everyone’s personal view could bring out some strong feelings. There is nothing wrong with owning your opinion but sometimes folks go over board and an ugly side could come out.

But, this time I’m happy to talk about Politics. Why, because of the PHIT Act. What? You haven’t heard about the PHIT Act, The Personal Health Investment Today Act (H.R. 956). Look, I’m not going to get into Health Care wars or who should pay for what.  I am going to discuss Health and Wellness and the fact that we as citizens need to take pro active steps towards a Healthy Life Style for ourselves, our kids and fellow Americans.

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First some background Information:

The PHIT Act (H.R. 956), currently pending legislation in Congress, was introduced in 2009 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and currently has bi-partisan support. The PHIT Act is legislation that would allow for reimbursement of Physical activity expenses using pre-tax dollars.  In essence, the PHIT Act expands the definition of a medical expense to include qualified physical activities as a form of prevention.  Your contributions to existing pre-tax Medical, Flexible Spending, and reimbursement accounts could be used to pay for physical activity expenses.  Contributions would not increase existing caps on pre tax accounts and contributions are limited to $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families annually.

So What does PHIT Cover:

  • Youth Camp and Physical activity fees
  • Membership and dues in a health club
  • Exercise/fitness classes or instruction (personal trainers)
  • Sport league fees (Adult and Youth)
  • Marathon/Triathlon registration fees
  • Sports and Fitness equipment used exclusively for participation in physical exercise/activities

Now, we all hear the excuses Triathlons and Marathon entries are so expensive. Gym Memberships and fitness equipment are expensive. Well guess What..with the PHIT Act YOU now have a chance to stop making excuses and start taking steps towards a healthy life style.

America, Get off the couch, drop the dumb excuses and get PHIT! Reach out to your local leaders and have them help pass the PHIT Act.

To our leaders in Washington, What are you doing to help America get PHIT?

 

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Yogis shafted by Romeoville LIfe Time Fitness

Yogi’s take on Romeoville Life Time Fitness Management….an open letter:

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Dear Heather,

I was disappointed to hear that you are canceling the Thursday night yoga classes at 8:00pm.  I would like to ask you to please, please reconsider.  Nadja’s class is by far the best yoga class you have on the schedule.  It is unique and offers a different experience compared to the usual vinyasa classes.  The regular attendees of the class can attest to how much this class contributes to their fitness routine as well as their ability to get a good night’s sleep.  It is a fantastic option for those of us that due to work and family commitments can’t make it to the gym until 8:00 at night, and/or do not want to do a cardio class at 8:00 pm.

I understand that Life Time is in the business of making money and that you do not want to have under-attended classes but I think that if you helped Nadja promote the class we would see more attendees.  Canceling at this time seems a bit premature to both Nadja and those of those that regularly attend as she has only had the class for a short time, of which there were many classes that were canceled by Life Time (e.g. Halloween, Thanksgiving).  Surely Life Time is not losing that much money with just one yoga class.
We have been members of Life Time for 2.5 years and in that time we have watched the yoga program grow.  It would be a shame to lose a great class and a great instructor just due to lack of marketing of the class.  I work out at other Life Time gyms and they offer and promote many different types of yoga, so I don’t understand why our home gym in Romeoville is not doing the same?
Since tomorrow night is our last night I would like to invite you to join us so that you can experience for yourself the gap that would be created by canceling the class.  Again I respectfully ask that you reconsider canceling this class as it is a meaningful part of our fitness program.

Kind Regards,

Thursday Night Yogi’s

As Life Time Fitness prepares for it’s New Years Commitment Day Campaign, I ask you LTF what’s your commitment for Yogi’s? What say you?