The longer gyms were closed during waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, the more exercise enthusiasts voiced concerns about their mental health. Repeated disruptions to their fitness routine and lack of social connection with fellow exercisers took a toll on their quality of life, they said. And while the pandemic has fuelled a new industry of online workouts, for many the gym is home — not just home to their favourite exercise machines, but to a community of like-minded folks who thrive on the sights, sounds and camaraderie of their neighbourhood fitness hangout. Read More
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