It's official: The French do not like using gyms to stay fit. Recent news reports have highlighted lagging gym membership numbers in France despite the best efforts of large companies like Club Med Gym and Fitness First.
Am I surprised? Non. Running on a treadmill or lifting weights or partaking in a group pilates class are simply not activities I associate with the French. But I love going to the gym, and was constantly frustrated by the lack of modern, affordable facilities in France. Working up a sweat helps me reduce stress, stay healthy, and sleep better at night.
Then again, so does a glass of red wine.