Anyone who is (or has ever been) unemployed knows that stress comes in many forms -- financial, emotional and even physical. However, many laid-off workers find that exercise can be a beneficial way to fill time while battling everything from boredom, loneliness, anxiety and dwindling self confidence.
An article posted at CityTownInfo.com highlights the growing trend of gyms and fitness centers which are going out of their way to meet the changing needs of the unemployed by offering attractive membership rates and breaks.
The article sites several examples from around the country of various types of fitness centers responding to the growing number of unemployed workers in their communities:
"The Chicago Sun-Timesreports that Al Phillips, owner of five World Gym franchises in Chicago, remarked that the trend is not surprising, and noted that many people exercised more during the recession triggered by the oil crisis in the early 1970s.
Psychologists agree that exercising during a recession is a good idea. "The important thing is to give people a healthy stress outlet to replace negative behavior," said Stephen Gullo, psychologist and author of "The Thin Commandments Diet," who was quoted in The Wall Street Journal.
In a nod to the trend, fitness centers are offering incentives for those who wish to work out but may not be able to foot the bill: World Gym in Chicago is offering to cover more than half the cost of monthly membership if a client becomes laid off until the member finds work. Meanwhile, South Carolina's The Beaufort Gazettereports that unemployed workers can receive free three-month passes to the Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal. After three months, members will be eligible for scholarships which charge a rate based on income."
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