Gym-goers in California have been enjoying a lot of gym-to -gym fun recently.
However, gym owners and operators are now warning of potential problems as new reports emerge that are raising concern over the health of the country’s fitness industry.
The latest report comes from the California Health Department, which recently found that gyms were not being properly equipped and monitored.
In addition, a recent report found that a lack of state-required fitness programs, which would have prevented the spread of disease and other illnesses, has led to “a rise in obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension.”
The latest data came from a study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, which found that the number of gyms opening across the state in 2017 was at an all-time high, while the number that opened in 2016 was down from 2015.
The study also showed that California has the most gym-related deaths in the nation.
“The California Department of Public Health is continuing to work closely with the California Recreation Department, local health departments, and health care providers in order to better inform people of the risks and benefits of participating in exercise,” the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said in a statement.
“We are urging anyone who is planning on exercising to do so safely and responsibly.”
The DHHS has been looking into the number and type of facilities that have opened, and has requested that the state begin issuing more permits to operate gyms.
The state is expected to issue a final permit for a gym in March.
In a statement to the Associated Press, a spokeswoman for the California Department for Community Health and Prevention (CDC), which runs the state’s health department, said that the agency has received the report and is “conducting a thorough investigation.”
She said the state is working to address the problem.