One of the things that has annoyed me more than anything during lockdowns is the closure of gyms. I (used to) compete in weightlifting and trained 5x a week, so gym and lifting are a huge part of my life. I ran a little calculation, and over the past 1 year in the UK, gyms have been closed for around 58% of the time, or roughly 7 months! With similar restrictions on other sports venues. That is a huge amount of time where people are not able to exercise properly. But I think the ill effects of this are felt more widely than just by me.
For example a recent study in the UK suggests that people are exercising less and watching more TV during this lockdown. Its not surprising, given that its winter time in the UK when its cold, rainy and dark outside. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55843666
I see the impacts everywhere: my own workouts, although I still train 5x a week just like before, are only half as long as they used to be and with much less weight since you just can’t have a proper home workout without a major outlay for equipment. A lot of friends/acquaintances who used to be really into gym, classes, volleyball, etc sports have largely stopped working out altogether or are just training at a mere fraction of the volume they used to do.
Incidental physical activity from just walking to places has also decreased. For example I used to spend c25 minutes every day walking to and from the gym and another 25 minutes walking to and from my house-train station- the office. That’s c50 minutes of activity 5x a week that’s flat out disappeared from my life, and I’m sure everyone’s experiencing similar things.
Given how physical fitness and not being obese are vital to being healthy and getting through Covid unscathed, its borderline criminal that people have not been allowed to exercise as normal and we’ll be feeling the ripple effects of this degradation in people’s physical health for years to come.
And that’s my 2 cents.
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