HCM calls on Boris Johnson to keep gyms open during second lockdown
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
énergie Fitness
Competitive
Streatham, London, UK
Monmouthshire County Council
£38,890 - £42,821
Abergavenny or Caldicot, Monmouthshire
Horsham District Council
£23,541 - £25,991
Horsham
Futura Learning Partnership
£27,000 - £32,000pa plus 10% bonus potential
West of England
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds / Harrogate, UK

HCM calls on Boris Johnson to keep gyms open during second lockdown

Job opportunities
LeisureForce
IRO UK£ 2,600 per month tax free
location: East Coast of Saudi Arabia
more jobs

As England counts down to lockdown this Thursday, HCM editor Liz Terry, has penned an open letter to the UK government, laying out the case for gyms to remain open.

AN OPEN LETTER TO Boris Johnson FROM LIZ TERRY, EDITOR OF HCM

Dear Boris

We know other nations are closing their gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools and sports facilities, but we urge you not to follow their lead.

Your hastily made announcement on Saturday provisionally included these facilities in the closures, but we ask you to strike out and take a different path.

Let this country stand out from the crowd in prioritising fitness and being the first to keep these facilities open. Let us lead the way.

Here’s the thinking:

. We know if people are unfit and obese, they’re more likely to be hospitalised if they get COVID-19, so keeping the nation fit is the key to reducing pressure on the health service.

. We know from government data that closing gyms and and activity facilities in the last lockdown led to people getting less fit and fatter, making them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Walking and home workouts helped a little, but not enough. Your data shows we need our facilities.

. Operators of these facilities have been following the operating frameworks they developed with your government, and in doing so, they’ve PROVEN they are safe.

. COVID-19 is not being transmitted in gyms and facilities, so if we close them, we gain nothing and yet we lose a huge advantage.

. It won't cost the government anything to gain this advantage by keeping facilities open.

. We have exceptional gyms, and exceptional fitness professionals in this country. Let them do their valuable work in keeping people safe from COVID-19.

. Scientists have proven that during exercise, the body creates a substance called EcSOD which protects it from COVID-19.

. In September exercise was voted the number one way the public can help the NHS.

More widely we must have a focus on health.

In the summer, you spent £500m subsidising people to eat and drink too much and get fatter and more sedentary via the 'Eat out to help out' scheme.

Imagine if – instead – people had been encouraged to get fit and active and lose weight by investing the money in a 'Work out to help out' exercise scheme?

We would be in a very different place now, with a fitter and less obese population and fewer people being hospitalised with COVID-19.

If we close gyms again, we will repeat this mistake by locking people down through November, so they become less fit and less healthy and then we will unleash them on Christmas, to eat and drink too much for several weeks.

Then we will go into January and February with a sedentary and overweight population, making people far more susceptible to COVID-19.

It’s also the time of year when people’s vitamin D levels – critical to COVID outcomes – are at their lowest.

It’s a disaster waiting to happen and could see us broken by the spring.

Instead we urge you to choose health

. Leave gyms and leisure centres open.

. Launch a ‘Work out to help out’ scheme.

. Encourage people to exercise and to take vitamin D.

. Encourage them not to overindulge at Christmas and to avoid obesity.

If we do this, by the spring, we could be a fitter, healthier and more prosperous nation.

The choice is yours.

It's time for this country to be known as a place where health and self-care are priorities. Time for us to lead and to prove there is a better way.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
As England counts down to lockdown this Thursday, HCM editor Liz Terry, has penned an open letter to the UK government, laying out the case for gyms to remain open.
PTS,HAF,FIT,IND
2020/THUMB346529_606655_880358.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,439
20 Sep 2021
Peloton has completed the merging of its commercial operations with Precor, the equipment brand it acquired earlier this year. The new, expanded Peloton Commercial division ... More
20 Sep 2021
Half of UK adults aren't happy with their physical fitness levels, according to a study by Savanta ComRes. A poll of more than 2,000 adults ... More
17 Sep 2021
Temporary measures brought in to support businesses in the UK from insolvency during the pandemic will be phased out from 1 October, the government has ... More
17 Sep 2021
Nadine Dorries has replaced Oliver Dowden as the Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport in the UK – becoming the 10th person ... More
16 Sep 2021
In a major move against the gym market, Apple has revealed a number of upgrades to its Fitness+ platform, coinciding with the launch of its ... More
16 Sep 2021
Patients treated for stress in the Belgian capital Brussels will be offered free visits to museums, as part of a three-month trial designed to rebuild ... More
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
15 Sep 2021
Physical activity professionals in England will soon be able to access free, one-to-one learning with Google to get their digital marketing strategies in line with ... More
14 Sep 2021
Fitness equipment giant Nautilus has acquired VAY, a firm specialising in AI and motion technology. Based in Switzerland, VAY’s proprietary technology enables computers to understand ... More
14 Sep 2021
An award celebrating outstanding individuals in the fitness sector is to be named in honour of Jan Spaticchia, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. ... More
09 Sep 2021
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has reorganised its top team in order to expand its estate through acquisition, after seeing a "remarkable" bounceback in membership levels ... More
09 Sep 2021
Downtown Miami’s upcoming mixed-use development Legacy Hotel & Residences has signed a joint venture deal called Blue Legacy Ventures (JV) with faith-based nonprofit integrated health ... More
08 Sep 2021
Colin Waggett has revealed that the recent deal, which saw KSL Capital Partners acquire a majority interest in luxury health club operator Third Space, had ... More
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
08 Sep 2021
3d Leisure has acquired franchised studio operator Yourzone45 from Elms Fitness Group for an undisclosed sum. Elms Fitness is led by industry veterans Andy Kay, ... More
08 Sep 2021
Educational organisation The Power of Touch (TPOT) will host a virtual conference this October designed to educate and empower health and wellness professionals treating clients ... More
07 Sep 2021
A new, one-day conference will create a platform for a debate on how the global health and fitness industry can help tackle climate change. Organised ... More
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition
1 - 15 of 43,439
Technogym
Technogym