Life Time Fitness Nixes National Cable Network News From Gym TVs


The decision "was based on many member requests received over time across the country, and in keeping with our overall healthy way of life philosophy and commitment to provide family-oriented environments free of polarizing or politically charged content", Natalie Bushaw, a Life Time spokeswoman, said in an email.

You can read the entire statement below.

USA, A&E, Discovery, HGTV, the local over-the-air stations and ESPN are all that remain on the visual menu of distractions while sweating off the caloric consequences of the holidays. The removed channels include CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

For some, particularly amid today's high-velocity news cycle, this daily routine may involve hitting a treadmill or elliptical machine while catching up on cable TV networks. These TVs can be seen throughout the fitness areas, but can only be heard through headphones.

"They felt, Life Time claimed, being bombarded with constant news feeds while trying to work out "[doesn't] fit a healthy lifestyle".

"Negative news can affect your own personal worries", psychologist Dr. Also familiar, flat-screen TV's throughout the club, tuned in to the cable news networks and broadcasting the latest national coverage for visitors working out. One man who said he "enjoys consuming news and politics" was "disappointed" with the announcement.

But many others criticized the decision, characterizing it as censorship.

"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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