There’s nothing our industry likes to hear more than people taking control of their lives and finding an exercise routine that works for them—and sticking with it! We’re seeing more positive data each day that shows people worldwide are honing in on their overall health and wellness more than ever. There are also so many stories out there that are sharing the power of exercise, sports, lifting, or whatever your go-to physical activity regimen is. Here’s a handful of positive fitness industry stories to uplift your spirit.
Americans Find New Affinity for Gyms
The omnichannel approach is coming to life. A recent TIME article states that Americans are getting bored of their strictly at-home routines and returning to gyms and health clubs. The article notes that gym visits were down just 8% in early October compared to the same period in 2019, and for IHRSA member Planet Fitness, third quarter revenue increased 46% to $154.3 million compared to the same period a year ago. Experts believe the uptick comes from the newfound need to improve mental health—so exercise is a priority. “If people are very depressed, they don’t take action to get out there and exercise,” said Alison Phillips, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University. “You have to be mentally healthy enough to take that action and get out there and start doing something. So to me, it also reflects positively on people being resilient.”