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Poll: How does your current level of fitness compare to before the pandemic?

March 18, 2020: Waiting to work out at Gold’s Gym in Ballston (Staff Photo by Jay Westcott)

Arlington was just named the fittest “city” in America for a record-setting fifth year in row.

The ranking included incredible stats, like 93.8% of Arlington residents reporting that they exercised at some point over the past 30 days.

This morning we wanted to drill down on the fitness level of local residents and ask: how does your current level of fitness compare to your fitness before the pandemic?

For some of us, the pandemic disrupted workout routines and, even worse, Covid infections might have produced longer-term symptoms that made regaining one’s prior level of fitness difficult. For others, a time of working from home and participating in fewer social activities might have been an opportunity to work out more or start a new fitness routine.

Let’s see which of those two scenarios is more prevalent in the fittest place in the U.S.

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