ACSM reveals worldwide fitness trends for 2021

For the last 15 years, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)’s Health & Fitness Journal® has circulated an electronic survey to thousands of professionals around the world to determine health and fitness trends for the following year. The results of this worldwide survey for 2021 have just been issued. 
 
Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the 2021 survey with the new no. 1 trend for the year being online training (which was no.

THINK Active independent assessment – Final report revealing low Covid-19 risk in fitness clubs

EuropeActive, the leading voice and non-profit association for the European fitness and physical activity sector, is pleased to announce that results from total sample data collected by SafeACTiVE survey platform and ukactive Research Institute have revealed low levels of Covid-19 risk in fitness clubs and leisure facilities. With more than 115 million visits analysed, the average infection rate sits at 1.12 per 100.000 visits.

SafeACTiVE Study – Preliminary results showing extremely low levels of Covid-19 risk in fitness clubs

EuropeActive, the leading voice and non-profit association for the European fitness and physical activity sector, is pleased to announce that preliminary data collected by King Juan Carlos University and AWRC-Sheffield Hallam University reveals extremely low levels of Covid-19 risk in fitness clubs and leisure facilities. With more than 62 million visits analysed, the average infection rate sits at 0.78 per 100.000 visits.

SafeACTiVE Study – An independent assessment to measure COVID-19 infection risk in fitness clubs and leisure facilities

EuropeActive, the leading voice and non-profit association for the European fitness and physical activity sector, together with research and evaluation partners AWRC-Sheffield Hallam University and King Juan Carlos University, has already started the data collection process for the SafeACTiVE Study, the first initiative focused on actual confirmed COVID-19 cases in fitness facilities and leisure centres across Europe when compared to the actual number of visits in the same facilities.

The positive impact of physical activity and exercise on immune function

In times of a global pandemic the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle which boosts your resilience, your immune system and your mental health becomes very apparent. There’s a growing body of evidence and data showing that Covid-19 is exacerbating health inequalities and that people with non-communicable diseases such as obesity are disproportionally affected.

EuropeActive successfully launches its THINK Active project

EuropeActive is delighted to announce the launch of a new research centre called ‘THINK Active’. A unique initiative to provide scientific, evidence-based research to support the fitness & physical activity sector to deliver meaningful and sustainable public health outcomes and promote best practice across Europe and beyond.

Forecast of Covid-19 impact affects youth employment

The European economy entered a sudden recession in the first half of this year with the deepest output contraction since World War II. To counter the spread of COVID-19, major containment measures were introduced around the world, voluntarily shutting down large parts of the economy. A string of indicators suggests that the euro area economy has operated at between 25% to 30% below its capacity during the period of the strictest confinement. Overall, the euro area economy is forecast to contract by about 8 ¾% in 2020 before recovering at an annual growth rate of 6% next year.