January 14, 2021
Oregon remains one of only two states in the nation to fully shut down health & fitness facilities
Oregon is one of only two states in the Nation to have fitness facilities fully shuttered. And there is ZERO evidence showing transmission is happening in gyms following CDC protocols. At the peak of the pandemic, nearly all health and fitness clubs were closed in the United States. Data from the Physical Activity Council showed that roughly half of all Americans reported a decline in physical activity while health and fitness centers were closed; 57% of U.S. members said they were less active while their fitness clubs were closed. Health clubs play an essential role in the physical fitness and well-being of consumers.
Now, more than ever, healthy habits, including regular exercise, are critical for overall well-being and heightened immunity. Health club members are aware of the benefits of regular activity along with the vital role their fitness centers play in safeguarding health. In the U.S., only 35% of health club members were confident that they could maintain exercise while their clubs were closed, barring them from engaging in regular activity for better health and immunity. In India, 91% of health club members believe that fitness plays a vital role in boosting immunity and protection against infectious diseases. Virtually all health club members in India (96%) indicate missing their workouts at the gym.
All recent studies including one out of our own University of Oregon, Oregon Consulting Group concluded no statistical correlation between gym usage and the spread of COVID-19. Based on data, the transmission rate of COVID-19 in gyms worldwide is less than .006%. Yet the fitness industry is being made out to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.
It is our responsibility as citizens of a civilized nation to protect others from COVID-19 and do our part to slow or stop the transmission of the virus. But exercise, and fitness facilities, and professionals are part of the solution.
Help us get gyms open in our state in a safe and limited way, even in extreme risk counties, by clicking this link and letting our representatives know you believe fitness is essential. And please go like the theOregon Health & Fitness Facebookpage to help spread information about fitness, the safety measures being taken by gyms and how people can get involved in helping the health and well-being of Oregonians.