The Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance and its members are partnering with its national trade association, IHRSA-International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association, to promote the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and work within the communities in which the fitness facility owners operate to make fitness education and programming available to those who are interested.
To combat these health challenges, many communities, non-profit organizations, and health clubs in this Commonwealth have created programs targeting children and adolescents, developing specific programs for families to exercise together
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pennsylvanians have experienced a lack of physical activity. Gym and leisure spot closures and regular remote work have caused a decline in people’s ability and motivation to get up and move, despite the great benefits that physical activity has on one’s physical and mental well-being. According to the CDC, physical activity provides valuable health benefits for all age groups, both immediate and long-term. A single bout of moderate to vigorous activity can immediately provide sleep quality improvement, reduces stress, reduces feelings of anxiety, and lowers blood pressure. In the long term, consistent physical activity can improve brain health by lowering the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. It can also improve heart health by lowering the risk of heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women in America, and reduces the risk of developing various forms of cancer such as bladder, breast, colon, and lung.