You’ve most likely heard the argument that gyms and health clubs are inherently unclean and could contribute to the spread of coronavirus. Such statements are false and misleading and create serious problems for the fitness industry.
Given the increase in negative public perceptions, the industry is anxious to prove that clubs are safe and essential for overall health.
As a global trade association, IHRSA has a unique ability to unite voices worldwide to promote physical activity, while growing, protecting, and promoting the industry. We’re looking to set the record straight, in part by gathering expert opinions about the safety and efficacy of clubs.
Our new Medical Expert Series has garnered attention with its first three installments:
- “Doctor Says Gyms Can Help Prevent COVID-19 & Lessen Its Impact”
- “Health Clubs Are Valuable; Policymakers Need to Make Changes”
- “Lockdowns Cause Severe Mental & Physical Health Consequences”
Interviews with other medical, science, and public health professionals continue to take place, focusing on the topics of:
- exercising safely in clubs during a pandemic
- how gyms play a significant role in keeping people healthy
- the overall health benefits of exercise.
Here’s what IHRSA’s first three contributors had to say.
Clubs Keep People Healthy
Robert Sallis, M.D, the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, CA, and chair of the Exercise is Medicine advisory board, says, “We need to get people to take charge of their health. That is the best protection they have against COVID-19.”