Why Fitness Matters

It’s time to put your health first. 

Exercise is one of the most important activities you can do to take charge of your health. Regular exercise can help you manage your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and strengthen your bones and muscles. It doesn’t just increase your chances of living longer; it improves your quality of life too. It improves mental health and gives you the strength and energy needed to do everyday activities. For older adults, it improves physical function and decreases risk of injury from falling. No matter your health, physical ability, age, or background, fitness improves your quality of life. Fitness is Essential.

heart health

Exercise robustly improves heart health, and can reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke.

mental health

Anxiety, depression, and negative mood all respond to regular exercise.

immune system

Regular exercise boosts your immune system, strengthening your body's ability to defend against infectious diseases.

Better sleep

Exercise improves sleep quality and makes it easier to fall asleep more quickly.

bone Strength

Exercise, especially weight-bearing and resistance exercise, induces an increase in bone mass and density in young people. In older people, it helps maintain bone strength.

more energy

Exercise improves oxygen circulation throughout your body and boosts your endurance.

“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.”

Strength in Numbers

Who We Are and Our Commitment

The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC) is a first-of-its kind collaboration of fitness companies representing more than 15,000 community gyms and fitness facilities across the U.S. that serve over 25 million members and impact tens of millions more across the country. Data shows that during the COVID pandemic, physical activity diminished and negative public health outcomes rose. America’s community gyms are committed to addressing this troubling outcome by integrating nutrition and health and supporting improved physical activity for all.

In collaboration with the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the CGC affirms its core mission of supporting physical activity and fitness for all by launching a campaign to help Americans understand that Fitness is Essential for mental and physical health. The benefits of physical activity and fitness are too abundant to ignore: Fitness is Essential.