GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Nuffield research shows 8.8m Brits have done no exercise in the last 12 months

A new study from Nuffileld has highlighted the impact of lockdown on exercise habits
8.8m have done no exercise in the last year
73 per cent of Brits are failing to meet NHS exercise guidelines
A third say their physical health is worse than it was a year ago.

Nearly three in four (73 per cent) Britons are failing to meet NHS recommendations on exercise, as a result of successive lockdowns leading to the formation of unhealthy habits.

In addition, there's evidence of a growing mental health crisis, as 41 per cent of Brits say their mental health has become worse in the past year.

The figures come from The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index, launched by the healthcare charity, which is based on a comprehensive survey of more than 8,000 Britons. Nuffield says the study offers one of the most detailed looks at the nation’s health since the start of the pandemic.

The Index reveals that, on average, a third of Britons (33 per cent) agree their physical health is worse now (April 2021) than it was a year ago, with older age groups reporting a worse decline.

Strikingly, only 10 per cent of those over 55 years of age agreed their physical health has improved.

Despite well-publicised evidence pointing to the link between obesity and severity of illness from COVID-19, and in the wake of the Prime Minister announcing a new obesity strategy last year, 16 per cent of the population – which accounts for an estimated 8.8 million adults – have done no exercise at all in the last 12 months.

This rises to a quarter of over 55s, despite research showing a lack of exercise to be one of the highest risk factors for death from COVID-19.

Reflecting on the findings, Judy Murray OBE, ambassador for the The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index, said: “This research shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact not only on the nation’s mental health – but also on our ability to exercise.

"The focus must now be on helping people get active to make sure we don’t store up problems for the future.

“It is deeply worrying that 1 in 4 people over the age of 55 haven’t exercised at all in the last year.

"We need to make sure everyone has the tools they need to look after their mental and physical health, and everyone should see 2021 as a critical opportunity to prioritise their health and wellbeing.”

Dr Davina Deniszczyc, Medical Director at Nuffield Health, said: “The findings from the Healthier Nation Index show the stark effect COVID-19 is having on people’s physical and mental health. There are some worrying trends that if not addressed could see us sleepwalking into another type of health pandemic.

"It is essential that we now focus on national recovery and the prevention of long-term health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart conditions.

"It’s shocking to see the levels of inactivity with the vast majority of people failing to meet NHS guidelines for exercise and many older people haven’t been doing any exercise at all.

"We need to do everything we can to increase exercise rates, reduce long term health conditions if we are to build the resilience of the nation’s health and avoid another health crisis.”

For more information and to download the The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index, click here.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Nearly three in four (73 per cent) Britons are failing to meet NHS recommendations on exercise, as a result of successive lockdowns leading to the formation of unhealthy habits.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,RES
2021/THUMB347795_560159_693832.jpg
Latest News
Boxx has launched a new generation punch bag and smart punch trackers that work with ...
Latest News
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) and BBC Storyworks have struck up a partnership to create ...
Latest News
The global wellness economy will grow by 9.9 per cent annually and reach US$7trn by ...
Latest News
Inclusive Fitness Boston, a health club created specifically for those with disabilities and their families, ...
Latest News
The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA), is partnering with Sport Alliance to undertake a survey ...
Latest News
Location and cost are the top considerations for consumers when it comes to choosing a ...
Latest News
Increases in COVID-19 cases across Europe are forcing governments to introduce restrictions, which is having ...
Latest News
Exercise has been found to increase levels of endocannabinoids – cannabis-like substances produced by the ...
HCM Magazine
Promotion
A new app called Trakk, from Pulse Fitness, promises triple benefits to operators, says Chris Johnson
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Life Fitness is introducing a new range of Hammer Strength anaerobic equipment to complement its legendary strength training range
HCM Magazine
HCM People
There’s still no ‘stress resilience’ profession. We believe fitness professionals can fill that gap
HCM Magazine
Interview
The CEO of Total Fitness has been in-post for just over three years – a true tale of two halves, with dramatic growth in the first half of her tenure, followed by a second half dominated by the pandemic and a CVA. She talks to Kate Cracknell
HCM Magazine
New opening
Armah Sports has revealed the first B_fit health club – a smart club concept that’s gearing up for the Metaverse with AI, VR, Amazon Alexa and the Internet of Things, as Tom Walker reports
HCM Magazine
Editor's letter
This has always been a creative, driven sector, but the pressures of the pandemic have inspired a new outpouring of creativity, leading to the emergence of new models, partnerships and concepts
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym’s Biocircuit offers a range of time-controlled and time-free circuits using the Biostrength line, with its Biodrive AI technology, delivering customised workouts
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Which messaging is most effective at inspiring people to get active and why? Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada set out to find out, as Tom Walker reports
HCM magazine
NICE has done a U-turn on its controversial guidelines for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, saying that physical activity or therapy should not now be routinely prescribed for patients
HCM magazine
HCM People

Alan Leach

Chair of IHRSA and CEO, West Wood Clubs
IHRSA is now on a mission to bring the global industry together
Opinion
promotion
FitnessOnDemand’s divisional vice president Uday Anumalachetty discusses what live fitness really means for clubs and their members today
Opinion: Why we need to reimagine what live fitness really means
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: INTEGRATE INNOVATE INVIGORATE with Power Plate
Moving into a new era of health and wellness, Power Plate has extended their popular Black edition range to enable health clubs and fitness studios to integrate vibration training seamlessly into their facilities.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Hammer Strength just got stronger: Introducing the new HD Performance Trainers
Hammer Strength, the number one brand in performance strength training, is adding to its portfolio of industry-leading machines with the launch of its new anaerobic training line, HD Performance Trainers.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active successfully reopens exercise referral scheme thanks to EXi partnership
Local authority leisure provider Everyone Active has reopened its essential exercise referral scheme, by joining forces with EXi, the NHS-approved exercise prescription app and data portal.
Company profiles
Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Hutchison Technologies Ltd.
Hutchison Technologies helps the UK’s leading gyms, health clubs and leisure trusts create memorable experiences ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Nuffield research shows 8.8m Brits have done no exercise in the last 12 months

A new study from Nuffileld has highlighted the impact of lockdown on exercise habits
8.8m have done no exercise in the last year
73 per cent of Brits are failing to meet NHS exercise guidelines
A third say their physical health is worse than it was a year ago.

Nearly three in four (73 per cent) Britons are failing to meet NHS recommendations on exercise, as a result of successive lockdowns leading to the formation of unhealthy habits.

In addition, there's evidence of a growing mental health crisis, as 41 per cent of Brits say their mental health has become worse in the past year.

The figures come from The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index, launched by the healthcare charity, which is based on a comprehensive survey of more than 8,000 Britons. Nuffield says the study offers one of the most detailed looks at the nation’s health since the start of the pandemic.

The Index reveals that, on average, a third of Britons (33 per cent) agree their physical health is worse now (April 2021) than it was a year ago, with older age groups reporting a worse decline.

Strikingly, only 10 per cent of those over 55 years of age agreed their physical health has improved.

Despite well-publicised evidence pointing to the link between obesity and severity of illness from COVID-19, and in the wake of the Prime Minister announcing a new obesity strategy last year, 16 per cent of the population – which accounts for an estimated 8.8 million adults – have done no exercise at all in the last 12 months.

This rises to a quarter of over 55s, despite research showing a lack of exercise to be one of the highest risk factors for death from COVID-19.

Reflecting on the findings, Judy Murray OBE, ambassador for the The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index, said: “This research shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact not only on the nation’s mental health – but also on our ability to exercise.

"The focus must now be on helping people get active to make sure we don’t store up problems for the future.

“It is deeply worrying that 1 in 4 people over the age of 55 haven’t exercised at all in the last year.

"We need to make sure everyone has the tools they need to look after their mental and physical health, and everyone should see 2021 as a critical opportunity to prioritise their health and wellbeing.”

Dr Davina Deniszczyc, Medical Director at Nuffield Health, said: “The findings from the Healthier Nation Index show the stark effect COVID-19 is having on people’s physical and mental health. There are some worrying trends that if not addressed could see us sleepwalking into another type of health pandemic.

"It is essential that we now focus on national recovery and the prevention of long-term health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart conditions.

"It’s shocking to see the levels of inactivity with the vast majority of people failing to meet NHS guidelines for exercise and many older people haven’t been doing any exercise at all.

"We need to do everything we can to increase exercise rates, reduce long term health conditions if we are to build the resilience of the nation’s health and avoid another health crisis.”

For more information and to download the The Nuffield Health Healthier Nation Index, click here.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Nearly three in four (73 per cent) Britons are failing to meet NHS recommendations on exercise, as a result of successive lockdowns leading to the formation of unhealthy habits.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,RES
2021/THUMB347795_560159_693832.jpg

News

Boxx has launched a new generation punch bag and smart punch trackers that work with
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) and BBC Storyworks have struck up a partnership to create
The global wellness economy will grow by 9.9 per cent annually and reach US$7trn by
Inclusive Fitness Boston, a health club created specifically for those with disabilities and their families,
The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA), is partnering with Sport Alliance to undertake a survey
Location and cost are the top considerations for consumers when it comes to choosing a
The Retention Guru
The Retention Guru
Five-a-side soccer operator Fives has unveiled its inaugural Pinnacle Gym and announced the roll-out of
Increases in COVID-19 cases across Europe are forcing governments to introduce restrictions, which is having
Exercise has been found to increase levels of endocannabinoids – cannabis-like substances produced by the
People suffering from mild depression should be offered exercise, mindfulness, therapy or meditation before medication,
Total Fitness plans to launch a new-style health club model, with plans already in the
Fitness operator Crunch Fitness says it's continued its recovery from lockdowns, with membership levels across
The City of Madrid could become one of the healthiest in the world if plans
Innovatise UK Ltd
Innovatise UK Ltd
While exercisers often seek new ways in which to get the most out of their
Luxury health club operator, Third Space, has opened the doors to its latest club in
A total of 22.7 million Brits – more than a third of the total population
Nuffield Health has reopened the historic Barbican health club in London, as part of ambitious
The PureGym app has been named the Health and Fitness App of the Year at
An initiative set up by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in partnership with The Gym Group
A "significant majority" of the UK's swimming teachers and aquatic professionals feel that swimming excludes
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
After winning a competitive tender process in 2019, Pulse Fitness was appointed by Telford &
The ​​Inaugural IHRSA SMART Summit has kicked off in Munich, Germany, with a focus on
Life Fitness has appointed Paul Stoneham as its new CEO, replacing Chris Clawson and effective
Life Fitness (UK) Ltd
Life Fitness (UK) Ltd
1 - 20 of 12,095
HCM Magazine
Promotion
A new app called Trakk, from Pulse Fitness, promises triple benefits to operators, says Chris Johnson
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Life Fitness is introducing a new range of Hammer Strength anaerobic equipment to complement its legendary strength training range
HCM Magazine
HCM People
There’s still no ‘stress resilience’ profession. We believe fitness professionals can fill that gap
HCM Magazine
Interview
The CEO of Total Fitness has been in-post for just over three years – a true tale of two halves, with dramatic growth in the first half of her tenure, followed by a second half dominated by the pandemic and a CVA. She talks to Kate Cracknell
HCM Magazine
New opening
Armah Sports has revealed the first B_fit health club – a smart club concept that’s gearing up for the Metaverse with AI, VR, Amazon Alexa and the Internet of Things, as Tom Walker reports
HCM Magazine
Editor's letter
This has always been a creative, driven sector, but the pressures of the pandemic have inspired a new outpouring of creativity, leading to the emergence of new models, partnerships and concepts
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym’s Biocircuit offers a range of time-controlled and time-free circuits using the Biostrength line, with its Biodrive AI technology, delivering customised workouts
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Which messaging is most effective at inspiring people to get active and why? Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada set out to find out, as Tom Walker reports
HCM magazine
NICE has done a U-turn on its controversial guidelines for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, saying that physical activity or therapy should not now be routinely prescribed for patients
HCM magazine
HCM People

Alan Leach

Chair of IHRSA and CEO, West Wood Clubs
IHRSA is now on a mission to bring the global industry together
HCM magazine
Climate change, like COVID-19, presents challenges that won’t go away and demands both our immediate attention and collective efforts. Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
Our values sit at the heart of everything - we absolutely live and breathe them. We care, we challenge and we energise
HCM magazine
With their dark vibe, pumping music and kit that needs adjusting, indoor cycling classes can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Steph Eaves asks suppliers for their tips on how to encourage beginners into the cycling studio – and keep them coming back
HCM magazine
It makes services and tech more accessible and affordable for wellness professionals
HCM magazine
A US study investigating consumer attitudes to gyms, health clubs and studios reveals a new focus on wellness, as well as opportunities for operators to grow their businesses
HCM magazine
Can partnerships and affiliations with less obvious companies, such as fast food brands, help the industry tap into a new demographic, or is the potential for them to compromise our reputation too big a risk to take? asks Abi Harris
HCM magazine
Opinion
promotion
FitnessOnDemand’s divisional vice president Uday Anumalachetty discusses what live fitness really means for clubs and their members today
Opinion: Why we need to reimagine what live fitness really means
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: INTEGRATE INNOVATE INVIGORATE with Power Plate
Moving into a new era of health and wellness, Power Plate has extended their popular Black edition range to enable health clubs and fitness studios to integrate vibration training seamlessly into their facilities.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Hammer Strength just got stronger: Introducing the new HD Performance Trainers
Hammer Strength, the number one brand in performance strength training, is adding to its portfolio of industry-leading machines with the launch of its new anaerobic training line, HD Performance Trainers.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active successfully reopens exercise referral scheme thanks to EXi partnership
Local authority leisure provider Everyone Active has reopened its essential exercise referral scheme, by joining forces with EXi, the NHS-approved exercise prescription app and data portal.
Company profiles
Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Hutchison Technologies Ltd.
Hutchison Technologies helps the UK’s leading gyms, health clubs and leisure trusts create memorable experiences ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Partner sites