Does where you live have an impact on your physical fitness?


Research shows that people who live within less than a mile of fitness facility are more likely to be physically active.
I found out how proximity to fitness centers makes a difference in a community’s overall wellness.

Nobody needs another excuse NOT to work out.

“Everybody’s really excited to have another fitness facility closeby,” says Jenna Bernhardt, Family Wellness Director.

Some people even consider the closeness of a gym when looking for a place to live. 
Family Wellness in Mandan is a facility that’s proving this to be true, gaining 3,600 members after just one year.

“It’s close. It gives those of us that live in the area a chance to work out,” says Darlene Kautzman, Mandan.

“We’ve seen quite a few members who have admitted they’ve never worked out before, and now that this gym is open – in this place – they can come, and they can make it work for them and their family,” says Bernhardt.

A recent study found that people living within half a mile of a gym or recreational area weighed less than those who didn’t. I spoke with one member here at Family Wellness who said having the gym here has motivated the community overall.

“It’s good for the wellness, and we’re really happy!” says Kautzman.

In the Bismarck Mandan area — there’s a lot of options. 
A guick google search shows about 18 gyms in the region for about 100 thousand people, giving that option of working out near home to many. 

“We’re more accessible now, for Mandan, but also the south Bismarck and north Bismarck, it’s easy to get here,” says Taija Bohn, Family Wellness Director.

Bohn says the community aspect of wellness is their end game. “We’re trying to support each other to be physically active, and improve well-being. The members are part of our family – this is our second family here. We want to share how good it feels to be physically active and improve your well-being.”

This gym is only a few blocks away from several neighborhoods in the area, which they said has been great for families and those making new years resolutions.

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