April 12, 2021

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Fitness centers play a key role in public health

In the melee of a public health emergency, leaders everywhere try to do whatever they can to protect people. It’s a big responsibility, and clear answers are not always available to provide direction.

Closing gyms and fitness centers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was the right thing to do at the time. After all, it seems like a place where people sweat, breathe heavily and share exercise equipment would be a prime place for trading illness.

However, data from the Michigan Fitness Club Association shows that 1.35 million visitors to 100 member gyms between September and early November have resulted in only 26 cases of COVID-19 — a .00192% positivity rate.

As this year has progressed, the medical community has learned some important things about COVID-19 and fitness centers, and leaders have come to realize that a properly run operation is critically important to helping its members.

Gyms and fitness centers are where people go to improve their health and build their strength, both of which bolster the immune system.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, it has become abundantly clear that the disease brings its worst outcomes to people in poor health or who have underlying medical conditions. Getting and remaining fit has never been more important to everyone.