About Exercise is Essential for All

Every Californian deserves access to safe exercise. Fitness center closures have started a health equity crisis in California communities that lack alternatives to exercise. Exercise is an essential part of health and wellness and must be recognized by the State as such.

Health Equity Crisis

Many communities lack alternatives to exercise because they are unable to afford a home gym, or because outdoor activity is not safe due to poor air quality. These issues disproportionately impact lower income neighborhoods and communities of color in California, which are the same communities that are already disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Physical Health

Physical activity is vital to brain health, weight management, reducing disease, and strengthening bones and muscles. Lockdowns have already led to a 32% reduction in physical activity amongst individuals who were previously active. In California, physical inactivity and obesity is the highest in our black and brown communities.

Mental Health

53% of adults in the United States have reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and 1 in 4 young adults have also contemplated suicide during this pandemic. Research shows that physical exercise reduces anxiety and is effective as psychotherapy for treating mild to moderate depression in people struggling with mental health.

COVID-19 Protection

Exercise may prevent patients from developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which is one of the deadliest COVID complications. 45 percent of patients who develop COVID-related ARDS will die.