The common fitness target of 10,000 steps/day came from a Japanese pedometer company who gave their product a name that means “the 10,000-step meter” because the Japanese character for “10,000” resembles a person walking: 万. There is no known science behind a goal of 10,000 steps.
Some marathon runners elect to have their toenails permanently removed. Their level of running causes friction on the toes and results in toenails routinely becoming damaged and detached. To circumvent chronic nail wounds, some people just get rid of them entirely.
At some Chinese universities, students have a fitness requirement, so that means fitness tracker cheating has become a lucrative business for a few enterprising entrepreneurs.
The gym chain Planet Fitness charges between $10 and $20 per month and has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won’t show up.
At the age of 41, Jack LaLanne swam from Alcatraz to shore handcuffed. He repeated the feat at 60, this time towing a 1000 pound boat while shackled.
Jim Fixx, the man credited with starting the fitness revolution and demonstrating the health benefits of jogging, died of a heart attack while jogging.
A fitness trainer intentionally gained over 70 pounds to better understand the plight of his overweight clients. Then lost it all again six months later.