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Fitness chain pulls the plug on cable news

Fitness chain pulls the plug on cable news

"Who are these faceless people that all of a sudden have huge sway over changing a policy at Life Time Fitness without member input, consent or even fair warning?"

You can read the entire statement below.

The big-screen TVs in the gyms will show United States of America, A&E, Discovery Channel, HGTV, ESPN and local stations, the Pioneer Press reported.

The YWCA in Minneapolis has overhead TVs at each of its three locations that offer various channels that include lifestyle, news, family fare, game shows, cooking and sports, said spokeswoman Emily O'Gara. These TVs can be seen throughout the fitness areas, but can only be heard through headphones.

Members with smartphones or other devices can still tap Life Time's Wi-Fi and pull up all-news stations or anything else they wish, Bushaw said. Local news is still allowed. The decision was made based on member feedback received over time. It aims to provide a comprehensive experience "that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages".

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"Negative news can affect your own personal worries", psychologist Dr. One man who said he "enjoys consuming news and politics" was "disappointed" with the announcement.

The Minnesota-based chain, which has sprawling facilities in Roseville and Folsom, is no longer showing cable news over their wall-mounted TVs, as first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The gym, wrote one member, "is no place for constant negativity like the news chains love to surround themselves with".

The change drew a mixed reaction from Twitter users.

"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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