21 November 2020 Posted By : Liz Braun

Gym closures have long-term negative health consequences

A coalition of Ontario physicians and gym owners are hoping public health officials will recognize the importance of exercise to mental and physical well-being.

Specifically, the group wants to partner with government and public health to safely keep gyms open during COVID. The doctors involved highlight the importance of exercise in keeping heart and stroke ailments, diabetes, certain cancers and other ailments at bay — the very comorbidities that contribute to negative COVID-19 outcomes.

On Wednesday, the group sent a letter to government and public health officials at municipal, provincial and federal levels, asking for help in keeping gyms open in the province.

The goal is to work with officials to establish (and enforce) strict COVID protocols so that safe and sustainable gym operations can continue.

(It should be said that many community gyms have obviously adhered to protocols from the beginning, as gyms account for less than 5% of outbreaks in COVID hot spots, according to data released by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.)

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