The fitness company Planet Fitness said Thursday it will start accepting body mass indexes as a measure of fitness in a wide range of programs, including health classes and a range of other classes.
Planet Fitness said the body-mass index (BMI) is a standard used to measure body fat and height.
Planet Fitness CEO, Mark Bittman, said the BMI is one of the more widely used measurements in health and fitness programs.
Bittman said Planet Fitness will start using BMI as a way to measure physical activity, including a number of workouts, as well as calorie burning.
Bittmans company will begin to offer these programs through its program portal on July 1.
Bizenta, the global health-and-fitness company, has been using BMI in the U.S. for more than two decades, Bittmann said.
The company is a leading provider of wellness programs in the United States, with more than 1.4 million members and more than 100,000 locations.
“Planet Fitness is committed to helping people make better health decisions,” Bittms said.
“We have been using the BMI for more years than any other metric, and we have seen that people can have a more sustainable lifestyle.”
Bittmans health-training partners include Fitbit, Jawbone and Fitbit Flex.
Planet, a company founded in 2003 by Mark Bitzer, began offering a range to health-care professionals and clients, including fitness classes, as a means to help them make better decisions.
Planet is a pioneer in the fitness industry and has a strong presence in health-related areas, such as health insurance, nutrition and exercise, among others.
Bitzer said Planet’s mission was to provide a place for people to connect and share information, including with each other.
“This is the way people are going back to health, to be healthier, to live a more active lifestyle,” he said.
The company also has a new program in which people can get help with their fitness goals, he said, and it will expand its wellness offerings.
The decision comes amid an explosion in the number of people seeking health care in the country.
A national survey released last month showed more than 60 percent of adults aged 18 and older said they have visited the doctor or doctor-affiliated clinic more often than in the past year, a number that has doubled in the last five years.
The survey of more than 2,500 people was done by telephone and in person by telephone.