Decisions about COVID-19 must be based on facts and evidence. Research and data are increasingly demonstrating both the safety and importance of the health club industry. To amplify medical and science-based experts' voices, IHRSA is gathering a diverse group of medical and health professionals who believe in both the importance of exercise and the vital and safe role health and fitness clubs play with proper risk mitigation steps.
IHRSA has compiled and summarized the evidence into the “Medical Endorsement of Exercise & Lifestyle Medicine” letter. Members of IHRSA’s Medical Headlight Team, the Medical Fitness Association and others have begun to reach out to MDs and PhDs in allied health professionals to sign the letter and lend their support to “encourag[ing] public health and government officials to allow health and fitness clubs adhering to rigorous safety protocols to remain open and continue serving the public.”
3 Key Points Made in the ‘Medical Endorsement of Exercise and Lifestyle Management’ Letter
1. The U.S. was in the midst of an existing chronic disease epidemic before COVID-19.
Six in 10 Americans have at least one chronic disease, and four in 10 have two or more. Evidence shows physical activity is beneficial for the prevention, treatment, and management of a number of chronic health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. The letter notes that “it is even more so now, as many physical inactivity-related comorbidities are risk factors for developing severe COVID-19 illness.”