A couple of quiet wins for the fitness industry came last week. First, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) officially listed physical inactivity as a risk factor for severe COVID-19. This notation adds power to the ongoing debate that health clubs, gyms, and studios are part of the solution and should be more aligned with the healthcare continuum.
Another win resides in Michigan. The governor announced that businesses—including fitness facilities—can apply for grants to relieve financial stress brought on by the pandemic.
We also included an Athletech article that promotes the #SaveOurGyms campaign, a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion feature article highlighting several IHRSA members, and a call to action to participate in Obesity Care Week.
CDC Adds Physical Inactivity as a Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19
Research has long indicated that physical inactivity is a risk factor for severe COVID-19. Now, the CDC officially incorporated physical inactivity into its list of medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of severe COVID-19. The CDC notes, “People who do little or no physical activity, or exercise, are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 than those who are physically active. Being physically active (or exercising regularly) is important to being healthy.” Resources for physical activity and health, physical activity recommendations, how to become more active, and how to create activity-friendly communities are included in the CDC’s physical inactivity section.