GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Technogym
Technogym
Technogym
Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Lack of exercise is the strongest risk factor in death from COVID-19

Being physically inactive could more than double the risk of dying from coronavirus
As a risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, physical inactivity was trumped only by advanced age and a history of organ transplant
Findings come from a large study by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the US
ukactive calls findings a "wake up call"

Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research, with only advanced age and organ transplant leading to greater risk.

Lack of exercise creates greater levels of risk than smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer

A large US study, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine today (14 April 2021), suggests being physically inactive could more than double the risk of dying from the coronavirus.

The study found that patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive during the two years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital, to require intensive care and more likely to die than patients who had consistently met physical activity guidelines.

As a risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, physical inactivity was exceeded only by advanced age and a history of organ transplant.

Dr Robert Sallis, author of the study, said: ”It is notable that being consistently inactive was a stronger risk factor for severe COVID-19 outcomes than any of the underlying medical conditions and risk factors identified by The Centers for Disease Control, except for age and a history of organ transplant.

“In fact, physical inactivity was the strongest risk factor across all outcomes, compared with the commonly cited modifiable risk factors, including smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

“Therefore, we recommend that public health authorities inform all populations that short of vaccination and following public health safety guidelines such as social distancing and mask use, engaging in regular physical activity may be the single most important action individuals can take to prevent severe COVID-19 and its complications, including death."

To explore its potential impact on the severity of the infection – from hospital admission rates and need for intensive care to death – researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California, US, compared these outcomes in 48,440 adults with confirmed COVID-19 infection between January and October 2020.

The patients’ average age was 47 and nearly two-thirds were women (62 per cent). Around half had no underlying conditions, which included diabetes, COPD, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and cancer; nearly 1 in 5 (18 per cent) had only one; and almost a third (32 per cent) had two or more.

All of them had reported their level of regular physical activity at least three times between March 2018 and March 2020 at outpatient clinics.

This was classified as consistently inactive (0–10 mins/week); some activity (11–149 mins/week); or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines (150+ mins/week).

Some 7 per cent were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines, while 15 per cent were consistently inactive, with the remainder reporting "some" activity.

Some 9 per cent of the total were admitted to hospital; around 3 per cent required intensive care; and 2 per cent died.

The study found that consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk of these outcomes.

After taking account of potentially influential factors – such as age and underlying conditions – patients with COVID-19 who were consistently physically inactive were more than twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as patients who clocked up 150+ minutes of physical activity every week.

Those who were inactive were also 73 per cent more likely to require intensive care, and 2.5 times more likely to die of the infection.

Patients who were consistently inactive were also 20 per cent more likely to be admitted to hospital, 10 per cent more likely to require intensive care, and 32 per cent more likely to die of their infection than were patients who were doing some physical activity regularly.

Liz Terry, editor of HCM, said: "These findings reinforce previous research which established the positive effects of activity on COVID-19 outcomes, but which were largely ignored by governments. This large-sample study must surely now make a crystal clear case for the importance of exercise and lead to a new focus on physical activity by political decision-makers at the highest level.

"We also need a greater appreciation by governments for the valuable role gyms and health clubs play in making exercise accessible and affordable for the masses."

Commenting on the findings, Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said the findings provided a "wake-up call".

"We know physical inactivity is one the greatest causes of death and disease globally and the UK’s activity levels are not where they should be, weakening us against COVID-19," Edwards said.

"There is an opportunity for the Government to prioritise physical activity through both greater investment and taxation and regulatory reform, and begin to improve our national wellbeing following this crisis.”

To access the full study, click here for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Being physically active lessens the chance of a person becoming seriously ill with – and dying as a result of – a COVID-19 infection.
PTS,SAR,HAF,FIT,IND,RES
2021/THUMB347538_908935_197051.jpg
Latest News
A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more ...
Latest News
Xponential Fitness has acquired Body Fit Training in a deal worth US$44m. The deal takes ...
Latest News
Exercise has been highlighted as a crucial weapon in cancer patients’ battle against the disease. ...
Latest News
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade ...
Latest News
Matrix and Intelivideo have signed a strategic partnership, which will see Intelivideo's fitness content integrated ...
Latest News
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport at ...
Latest News
Mindbody has announced it's buying ClassPass, the consumer wellness subscription service that enables people to ...
Latest News
Tanni Grey-Thompson has outlined her vision on how the physical activity sector can play "the ...
HCM Magazine
Insight
Class occupancy has reached 120% of pre-pandemic levels in markets where capacity restrictions have been lifted
HCM Magazine
HCM People
Our vision is a future with ethnic diversity in aquatics
HCM Magazine
Statistics
This year’s edition of the IHRSA Global Report which addresses performance from 2020, is a valuable record of the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector, creating a benchmark from which to understand the recovery. Kristen Walsh reports for HCM
HCM Magazine
Supplier launch
Life Fitness introduces Integrity SL, the next-generation LED console with intuitive functionality and digital connectivity
HCM Magazine
Research
Changes to DNA which occur during exercise give protection against a wide range of diseases, according to new research from the Univesity of Copenhagen
HCM Magazine
Tokyo Olympics
GLL is best known for running leisure facilities on behalf of local authorities across the UK, but a lesser-known part of its remit is its GLL Sport Foundation which supports Olympic hopefuls. Liz Terry finds out more
HCM Magazine
HCM People
We first started talking to KSL over two years ago, so this was not a rushed partnership
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
David Minton says the healthy movement industry is ten times bigger than the health club sector, and the care industry four times bigger and ask why we’re not rushing to collaborate?
HCM magazine
Focusing on dieting has failed to offset the rising tide of obesity, say researchers from the Universities of Arizona and Virginia. A focus on fitness gives better health outcomes
HCM magazine
We start with people’s pain points and give them a pathway to move away from that – to heal and be a force for good in their own lives
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Surge integrates Fisikal with HubSpot to drive business efficiencies and grow revenue
As Surge expands its offer with the launch of a third dedicated Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) studio this summer – this time in Fleet Street, London – the brand reflects on the vital role of its estate wide digital ecosystem, created in partnership with Fisikal, designed to drive business efficiencies and commercial success.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Uptivo: Individual and group heart rate tracking
Uptivo is an all-in-one digital solution for fitness clubs, fitness boutique studios and personal trainers that provides powerful tools to schedule activities, manage member payments, and monitor heart rate both for remote and on-site classes.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Company profiles
Company profile: Octane Fitness UK
A global innovator of innovation and variety in fitness equipment, Octane Fitness, a True Fitness ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Fitronics (CoursePro and TRP)
Fitronics is the company behind The Retention People (TRP) and CoursePro. We truly understand our ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Lack of exercise is the strongest risk factor in death from COVID-19

Being physically inactive could more than double the risk of dying from coronavirus
As a risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, physical inactivity was trumped only by advanced age and a history of organ transplant
Findings come from a large study by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the US
ukactive calls findings a "wake up call"

Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research, with only advanced age and organ transplant leading to greater risk.

Lack of exercise creates greater levels of risk than smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer

A large US study, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine today (14 April 2021), suggests being physically inactive could more than double the risk of dying from the coronavirus.

The study found that patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive during the two years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital, to require intensive care and more likely to die than patients who had consistently met physical activity guidelines.

As a risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, physical inactivity was exceeded only by advanced age and a history of organ transplant.

Dr Robert Sallis, author of the study, said: ”It is notable that being consistently inactive was a stronger risk factor for severe COVID-19 outcomes than any of the underlying medical conditions and risk factors identified by The Centers for Disease Control, except for age and a history of organ transplant.

“In fact, physical inactivity was the strongest risk factor across all outcomes, compared with the commonly cited modifiable risk factors, including smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

“Therefore, we recommend that public health authorities inform all populations that short of vaccination and following public health safety guidelines such as social distancing and mask use, engaging in regular physical activity may be the single most important action individuals can take to prevent severe COVID-19 and its complications, including death."

To explore its potential impact on the severity of the infection – from hospital admission rates and need for intensive care to death – researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California, US, compared these outcomes in 48,440 adults with confirmed COVID-19 infection between January and October 2020.

The patients’ average age was 47 and nearly two-thirds were women (62 per cent). Around half had no underlying conditions, which included diabetes, COPD, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and cancer; nearly 1 in 5 (18 per cent) had only one; and almost a third (32 per cent) had two or more.

All of them had reported their level of regular physical activity at least three times between March 2018 and March 2020 at outpatient clinics.

This was classified as consistently inactive (0–10 mins/week); some activity (11–149 mins/week); or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines (150+ mins/week).

Some 7 per cent were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines, while 15 per cent were consistently inactive, with the remainder reporting "some" activity.

Some 9 per cent of the total were admitted to hospital; around 3 per cent required intensive care; and 2 per cent died.

The study found that consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk of these outcomes.

After taking account of potentially influential factors – such as age and underlying conditions – patients with COVID-19 who were consistently physically inactive were more than twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as patients who clocked up 150+ minutes of physical activity every week.

Those who were inactive were also 73 per cent more likely to require intensive care, and 2.5 times more likely to die of the infection.

Patients who were consistently inactive were also 20 per cent more likely to be admitted to hospital, 10 per cent more likely to require intensive care, and 32 per cent more likely to die of their infection than were patients who were doing some physical activity regularly.

Liz Terry, editor of HCM, said: "These findings reinforce previous research which established the positive effects of activity on COVID-19 outcomes, but which were largely ignored by governments. This large-sample study must surely now make a crystal clear case for the importance of exercise and lead to a new focus on physical activity by political decision-makers at the highest level.

"We also need a greater appreciation by governments for the valuable role gyms and health clubs play in making exercise accessible and affordable for the masses."

Commenting on the findings, Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said the findings provided a "wake-up call".

"We know physical inactivity is one the greatest causes of death and disease globally and the UK’s activity levels are not where they should be, weakening us against COVID-19," Edwards said.

"There is an opportunity for the Government to prioritise physical activity through both greater investment and taxation and regulatory reform, and begin to improve our national wellbeing following this crisis.”

To access the full study, click here for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Being physically active lessens the chance of a person becoming seriously ill with – and dying as a result of – a COVID-19 infection.
PTS,SAR,HAF,FIT,IND,RES
2021/THUMB347538_908935_197051.jpg

News

A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more
Xponential Fitness has acquired Body Fit Training in a deal worth US$44m. The deal takes
Exercise has been highlighted as a crucial weapon in cancer patients’ battle against the disease.
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade
Matrix and Intelivideo have signed a strategic partnership, which will see Intelivideo's fitness content integrated
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport at
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
Matt Miller, founder of leading yoga training platform Broga has announced the launch of Earth+Sky
Mindbody has announced it's buying ClassPass, the consumer wellness subscription service that enables people to
Tanni Grey-Thompson has outlined her vision on how the physical activity sector can play "the
The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) has revealed the makeup of its inaugural nine-member
The 40th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show (IHRSA 2021) begins today in Dallas,
A new study has suggested that strength training can result in people losing around a
Basic-Fit has officially opened its 1,000th club, with the launch of a new site in
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
CEO of Orbit4, Daniel Jones, says: “There’s no reason traditional gyms and smart gyms can’t
Health club operator Life Time Group has become a publicly traded company again, after it
Creating workout experiences will be the main theme of this year's Retention Convention, which will
Marg Mayne will stand down as CEO of Mytime Active next year, after more than
French car manufacturer Citroën and hotel brand Pullman Hotels & Resorts have partnered to create
Les Mills is expanding its digital operations by replacing its existing on-demand services with the
Sport England has spent £1.5m launching its own on-demand fitness platform, with the hope of
Les Mills
Les Mills
FitnessOnDemand (FOD) [IHRSA BOOTH 1509] the leader in on-demand content from the world’s most innovative
New research by Barclays Corporate Banking reveals that the leisure, fitness, spa and hospitality industries
Tanni Grey-Thompson has announced she will hand over her role as ukactive chair in August
Innovatise UK Ltd
Innovatise UK Ltd
1 - 20 of 12,049
HCM Magazine
Insight
Class occupancy has reached 120% of pre-pandemic levels in markets where capacity restrictions have been lifted
HCM Magazine
HCM People
Our vision is a future with ethnic diversity in aquatics
HCM Magazine
Statistics
This year’s edition of the IHRSA Global Report which addresses performance from 2020, is a valuable record of the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector, creating a benchmark from which to understand the recovery. Kristen Walsh reports for HCM
HCM Magazine
Supplier launch
Life Fitness introduces Integrity SL, the next-generation LED console with intuitive functionality and digital connectivity
HCM Magazine
Research
Changes to DNA which occur during exercise give protection against a wide range of diseases, according to new research from the Univesity of Copenhagen
HCM Magazine
Tokyo Olympics
GLL is best known for running leisure facilities on behalf of local authorities across the UK, but a lesser-known part of its remit is its GLL Sport Foundation which supports Olympic hopefuls. Liz Terry finds out more
HCM Magazine
HCM People
We first started talking to KSL over two years ago, so this was not a rushed partnership
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
David Minton says the healthy movement industry is ten times bigger than the health club sector, and the care industry four times bigger and ask why we’re not rushing to collaborate?
HCM magazine
Focusing on dieting has failed to offset the rising tide of obesity, say researchers from the Universities of Arizona and Virginia. A focus on fitness gives better health outcomes
HCM magazine
We start with people’s pain points and give them a pathway to move away from that – to heal and be a force for good in their own lives
HCM magazine
Research confirms the role health clubs can play in supporting people in nurturing their mental health, as Victor Brick explains
HCM magazine
Screens display power generated from each piece of equipment, allowing people to compete against each other for kilowatt hours produced
HCM magazine
I’d like to see the gym sector help champion the social prescribing agenda, as a route to getting more people engaged in physical activity
HCM magazine
In this issue, we’re focusing on sharing insights and thought leadership to highlight opportunities for the development of the sector in terms of both markets and offerings, says Liz Terry, HCM editor
HCM magazine
Our competition need to fasten their seatbelts
HCM magazine
In the last issue of HCM, we checked with big box operators in the UK to see how trading has been going since restrictions were lifted. This month we turn our attention to boutiques and urban studios to find out how they’re faring. Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Surge integrates Fisikal with HubSpot to drive business efficiencies and grow revenue
As Surge expands its offer with the launch of a third dedicated Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) studio this summer – this time in Fleet Street, London – the brand reflects on the vital role of its estate wide digital ecosystem, created in partnership with Fisikal, designed to drive business efficiencies and commercial success.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Uptivo: Individual and group heart rate tracking
Uptivo is an all-in-one digital solution for fitness clubs, fitness boutique studios and personal trainers that provides powerful tools to schedule activities, manage member payments, and monitor heart rate both for remote and on-site classes.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Company profiles
Company profile: Octane Fitness UK
A global innovator of innovation and variety in fitness equipment, Octane Fitness, a True Fitness ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Fitronics (CoursePro and TRP)
Fitronics is the company behind The Retention People (TRP) and CoursePro. We truly understand our ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Technogym
Technogym