Letter to the editor: Support area gyms

Posted 12/10/20

Support area gyms It is paramount we do everything possible to keep essential resources available to the community. That should include fitness facilities. Maintaining your mental and physical health …

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Letter to the editor: Support area gyms

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Support area gyms

It is paramount we do everything possible to keep essential resources available to the community. That should include fitness facilities. Maintaining your mental and physical health is crucial in the fight against COVID-19. Local business owners in the fitness industry, like myself, hope our local and state leaders realize gyms are a part of the solution — not the problem — to this pandemic.

All Coloradans must do their part to support local businesses — including local fitness centers — to help us avoid more mandatory closures. Wear your mask, practice physical distancing and avoid social gatherings. The holidays are a stressful time, and the addition of these restrictions will make this season even more difficult. Prioritize exercise as a way to combat anxiety, depression and negative moods. Evidence shows physical activity also strengthens the body’s immune system, improves cardiovascular health and may help to protect against COVID-19 complications.

As the owner of the Planet Fitness clubs in Parker and Castle Rock, I can confidently say Colorado’s fitness industry is providing the safest environment possible to workout. Based on data from the governor’s office, only one out of 686 health clubs across the state has been linked to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. We know gyms are essential for our health. And with the current restrictions, hundreds of gyms across the state are at risk of closing permanently, leaving tens of thousands of people in the industry without jobs.

Jonny Jost

Planet Fitness franchisee, Parker and Castle Rock locations

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