A national fitness chain with locations in Maryland and Virginia is banning cable news channels from its gyms' TV screens. By February, all TV screens built into the cardio machines will have the ability to show cable news channels, the Star Tribune reported. Minnesota-based Life Time confirmed that it removed channels like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and CNBC "to provide family-oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content" at its 128 locations.
A company spokeswoman, Natalie Bushaw, told the New York Times that the change was made to reflect the gym's "overall healthy way of life philosophy". The club also said it would offer local news on the big TVs.
The Pioneer Press on Wednesday contacted Chanhassen-based Life Time, which confirmed a change in policy that might bum out gym rats who are news junkies.
"Negative news can affect your own personal worries", psychologist Dr.
The decision gave way to mixed reactions online, some followers welcoming the escape from news and others calling it an act of censorship.
Several Life Time members on Twitter praised the gym chain's decision to remove cable news networks, with some saying they already feel less stressed during their workouts. One man who said he "enjoys consuming news and politics" was "disappointed" with the announcement.
"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".