According to the Global Health & Fitness Association, pre-pandemic health club memberships in the U.S. reached 64.2 million at a total of 41,270 facilities in 2019. But when gyms and fitness centers shut down in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, those memberships languished. As many as 15% of such facilities had closed for good by the end of last September.
Unfortunately, we got pudgier because we had no place to work out. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that Americans gained an average of nearly two pounds per month during