Here is an email I just got:
I’m writing to let you know about a new study by ChamberOfCommerce.org looking at physical activity levels among adults in the U.S. One interesting question for the months and years ahead is how the pandemic will permanently affect people’s habits and lifestyles. Many gyms, pools, and other recreational facilities closed or operated at limited capacity in 2020, and one study conducted early in the pandemic found that overall physical activity for adults was significantly lower than prior to the pandemic. Meanwhile, many at-home fitness products and services that boomed during the pandemic now face an uncertain future; while some consumers may be returning to their old gyms, others may simply be losing interest. To determine the most physically active states, researchers ranked locations by the share of adults who self-reported engaging in leisure-time physical activity—such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise.
In Connecticut, 76.7% of adults report engaging in physical activity. Of all states included in the analysis, Connecticut has the 9th largest share of physically active adults in the U.S.
Below you’ll find a summary of the analysis with data for Connecticut—please feel free to republish or use the findings in your own write-up. If you choose to use the analysis, please link to the original report, which includes a table with data on more than 250 cities and 49 states: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/most-physically-active-cities-in-us
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