New research shows gyms in England are successfully controlling COVID-19

New research from industry body, ukactive, has found gyms are almost risk-free environments for COVID-19, with an estimated 0.020 positive cases per 10,000 gym visits – results that are statistically insignificant.

ukactive collated data from more than 1,300 gyms, health clubs and leisure centres to analyse the prevalence of the virus within the sector’s facilities.

Charting the three weeks from reopening (from 25 July to 16 August), the data reveals that there were more than eight million visits to fitness facilities by members of the public.

Only 17 people visiting gyms in England went on to test positive for COVID-19, giving the figure of 0.020 cases for every 10,000 visits, with only nine reported cases of COVID-19 among members of staff across all 1,300 facilities.

ukactive says gym and leisure centre operators are well positioned to capture real-time data and are able to carefully record reported cases based on membership details held within their databases, as well as recording details for non-members, to allow for contact tracing – helping to inform authorities and other visitors quickly.

According to ukactive, the findings – released today (25 August) – support a “growing evidence base from across the globe” which shows that gym operating procedures are proving very effective at protecting people from COVID-19.

“This sample shows an extremely low prevalence of COVID-19 among people who visit gyms and leisure facilities,” said Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive.

“Our sector has worked tirelessly to demonstrate its safety to the public and this new evidence helps us prove that these efforts are paying dividends, allowing us to get back to our work of keeping the nation happy and healthy.

We will continue to monitor closely – with our members – the number of COVID-19 cases, to show that the sector is being responsible in limiting its spread,” he said.

The sector worked closely with the UK government to develop the guidance for reopening safely, including organising site visits for the deputy chief medical officer and SAGE representatives to a range of facilities.

Regular exercise has been shown to improve a person’s ability to regulate the immune system, which is essential for avoiding the severe symptoms of COVID-19.

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People believe exercising is the best way to support the NHS

Exercise has been voted the number one way the public can help the NHS – ahead of paying taxes and cutting down on smoking and drinking.

A study of 2,123 UK adults by Savanta ComRes found people believe being physically active to improve their health will support the NHS and reduce pressure on its services.

Next on the list, by a margin, is cutting smoking, followed by improving diets, paying taxes, and cutting alcohol.

In total, more than half (51 per cent) of respondents rank exercise in the top three ways to help.

The research, commissioned by industry body ukactive and published ahead of National Fitness Day on 23 September, also shows how people have discovered the benefits of exercise during the pandemic.

More than two thirds (69 per cent) of respondents now want to do more exercise due to the impact of COVID-19, while more than half (58 per cent) of respondents said that, during lockdown, they were able to manage their mental health and wellbeing through being active

There is, however, still work to be done to get the public more active. A quarter of respondents are classed as physically inactive (25 per cent), only doing 30 minutes or less of moderate exercise a week – including 12 per cent who admit they get no exercise at all.

“We welcome these findings as the latest evidence of the vital role that physical activity can play in supporting our NHS and helping us create a happier, healthier society,” said Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England.

“Our sports clubs, gyms, parks and leisure centres help form the fabric of our society: supporting community cohesion, improving wellbeing, reducing loneliness and anti-social behaviour and boosting productivity in the workplace.”

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, chair of ukactive, added: “Physical activity has never before played such a vital role in our lives.

“By being more active, we not only have the chance to improve our mental and physical health, but also to give ourselves a better chance against COVID-19 and reduce the burden on the NHS.

“No matter what your age, ability or background, we all have a common interest in physical activity.”

The findings come ahead of National Fitness Day – a campaign which highlights the vital role physical activity plays in uniting communities and helping people to lead healthier, happier lives.

Under the banner, ‘Fitness Unites Us’, the day will see thousands of Covid-secure free events and activities take place in parks, leisure centres, gyms, schools and workplaces across the UK, as well as online through providers’ digital platforms, encouraging people to try new activities and start new fitness habits.

National fitness day 2020 23rd September

National Fitness Day, 23rd September 2020, is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.

National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, treadmill challenges, HIIT classes, mass walks and many more.

take a look here – https://www.nationalfitnessday.com/

At the gym we will have challenges and we will be offering a FREE day pass for family members and friends of members. This is a chance to test the club and get active 🙂

Weekend workouts are as beneficial as daily exercise, says study

If you struggle to find the time to work out during the working week, this news should be reassuring. According to a recent study, cramming in exercise sessions at the weekends is enough to provide significant health benefits.

Researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Sydney found that “weekend warriors” reduced their risk of an early death by a similar amount to those who spread the same amount of exercise over seven days, the BBC reports.

The results, which were based on a survey of around 64,000 adults aged over 40 in England and Scotland, compared those who exercise with people who remain inactive. They showed that those who worked out on one or two days of the week were found to lower their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 41 percent and cancer by 18 percent. There was little contrast with those who exercised regularly on three or more days per week, who reduced their risks by 41 percent and 21 percent.

For study author Dr Gary O’Donovan, the findings highlight the importance of ensuring fitness is “purposeful,” which should be welcome news for those with busy lifestyles.

NHS guidelines state that in order to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, such as weight training or fast walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such cardio work.

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