Life Time ditches cable news in gyms for "family-oriented environment"



On Thursday, Life Time, Inc. - a national chain of gyms with 128 locations spread throughout the United States and Canada - announced it had banned all cable news channels at its clubs.

A regular at the Life Time in Bloomington wrote that his fitness center of choice "has had Fox, CNN, and MSNBC, along with ESPN and other channels playing simultaneously on about a dozen screens, and there's always a machine available in front of whichever channel you like".

The only national stations remaining at Life Time's 127 clubs across 27 states are U.S., A&E, Discovery, HGTV and ESPN, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Ultimately, we believe this change is consistent with the desires of the overall membership".

Life Time health clubs have decided the news these days isn't exactly healthy for its clients.

Bushaw added, "Clubs do have flexibility to air programs of interest in their club, such as local sporting events from college to pro teams".

"The decision to remove the national cable network news stations resulted from significant member feedback received over time and our commitment to provide family oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content".

The decision, which she said was made after "an ongoing discussion for some time", kicked in at the start of 2018.

"Our studies also showed that this change in mood exacerbates the viewers own personal worries - even when those worries are not directly relevant to the news stories being broadcast", Davis said in an email to The Washington Post.

"Viewing negative news means that you're likely to see your own personal worries as more threatening and severe, and when you do start worrying about them, you're more likely to find your worry hard to control and more distressing that it would normally be".

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