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
Servicesport UK Limited
Servicesport UK Limited
Servicesport UK Limited
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

Countries with lower obesity rates are the ones keeping gyms open

Investigations by HCM have revealed a correlation between countries with lower obesity rates and those where governments have kept gyms open during lockdowns.

HCM found European countries with an obesity rate of 22 per cent or above are more likely to be closing gyms, while countries with lower obesity rates – under 22 per cent – are more likely to keep them open.

The countries with the highest rates of obesity in Europe, including the UK (with an obesity rate of 26.40 per cent), Czech Republic (26 per cent) and Ireland (25.30 per cent) have closed their gyms as part of the latest round of lockdowns.

Meanwhile, countries whose obesity rates are among the Continent's lowest – such as Switzerland (19.50), Denmark (19.70 per cent), Austria (20.10 per cent) and The Netherlands (20.40 per cent) – have kept their gyms open.

On Tuesday 3 November, for example, the government of the Netherlands updated its COVID-19 guidance and called a stop on international travel and closed theatres, visitor attractions, cinemas and libraries.

However, when it came to keeping the population fit, the government said gyms would "remain open, because exercise is too important to the physical and mental health of people".

In the UK, the physical activity sector is lobbying to convince the government to categorise gyms and leisure centres as "essential services", which would mean they could remain open during COVID-19 lockdowns.

The UK entered a month-long "Lockdown 2" today (5 November), which will force gyms to shut until 2 December.

HCM editor, Liz Terry, said: "This correlation between gyms being open and obesity levels shows different government attitudes towards their citizens.

"We applaud governments that prioritise health, empower people to keep themselves fit and healthy and enable them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and self-care.

"We utterly condemn those who feel justified in removing this most fundamental human right from their populations – the right to take personal responsibility for your own wellbeing.

"The UK government must realise that every day that goes by with gyms and sports facilities closed, hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to be more sedentary, to get less fit and to become significantly more susceptible to COVID-19 – for absolutely no gain whatsoever and for no logical reason.

"Gyms are safe – this has been conclusively proven – so essentially, this is a massive lose:lose situation. We are damaging the health of the population, loading more of a burden onto our health services, while making absolutely no difference whatsoever to the spread of the virus.

"In addition, we are putting a major financial strain on facility providers and making it necessary for overstretched local authorities in the UK to find funds to subsidise leisure centres or see them close permanently.

"We emplore the government to reopen gyms, leisure centres and sports facilities now, to allow people to keep fit and to protect themselves and their families from the ill health and serious COVID-19 complications that can come from being sedentary and obese."

The date for the obesity levels come from The World Factbook,, while the status of whether gyms are open or closed is based on the situation at 5 November.

Investigations by HCM have revealed a correlation between countries with lower obesity rates and those where governments have kept gyms open during lockdowns.
PTS,HAF,FIT,IND,PUB
2020/THUMB346559_73830_891334.jpg
Latest News
The best in the business from across the physical activity sector were honoured last night ...
Latest News
At UK Active’s Active Uprising event yesterday (30 June) in Birmingham, Hattie Jones, the head ...
Latest News
HCM understands researchers are moving closer to creating a pill to mimic some of the ...
Latest News
Establishing new data and insight services and strengthening relationships with both government and the NHS ...
Latest News
More than one in five (27 per cent) Americans belonged to a health club or ...
Latest News
Ultimate Performance (UP) – the private gym chain and PT business – has opened a ...
Latest News
Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has launched a new brand called Intelligent Movement to deliver ...
Latest News
Boutique fitness chain 1Rebel opens the doors to its tenth club today (Monday 27 June ...
HCM Magazine
Event showcase
As Elevate returns to the market, we talk to director Lucy Findlay about how the event has come together
HCM Magazine
Interview
With brands such as Fitness First, Goodlife, Zap Fitness and Jetts operating across Asia Pacific, Fitness and Lifestyle Group has long been a tech innovator, as Kate Cracknell discovers
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
The body composition specialists are showing no signs of slowing down, with new leadership and launches for 2022
HCM Magazine
Everyone's talking about
Energy is top of the agenda for two major reasons – cost and decarbonisation. With these two on a collision course, our experts share their views
HCM Magazine
Q&A
Social media influencers cause harm by raising unrealistic expectations of physical perfection, as Andrea Dearden explains
HCM Magazine
Write to reply
Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]
HCM Magazine
Insight
The Global Wellness Summit brought together public health and wellness experts in Boston recently. Jane Kitchen was there for HCM to see first-hand what this ‘New new era in health and wellness’ will look like for the sector
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, LeisureDB has updated its State of the Fitness Industry Report for 2022, as David Minton reports
HCM magazine
Teenage girls are not voluntarily leaving activity, they’re being pushed out as a consequence of deep-rooted gender stereotypes
HCM magazine
The sharp increase in energy prices has left some operators reeling, but there’s reason to be optimistic if we can learn from other sectors, while moving to a low carbon future
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: EGYM announces integration with software provider Fisikal
EGYM has announced an integration with a leading UK-based software company Fisikal to enhance its capabilities to serve the needs of enterprise customers running multi-site operations.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Fitness industry to gather at Sibec Europe-UK in Portugal this September
Questex’s iconic event Sibec Europe-UK – known as Europe’s leading hosted buyer event for the fitness industry – will take place from 27-30 September at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, in Portugal.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: New £42m Moorways Sports Village to open on 21 May
Everyone Active will open Moorways Sports Village to the public on Saturday 21 May with a grand opening weekend – in time for the half term holidays.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: New partnership delivers swimming support to children with disabilities
A new partnership has been launched to provide inclusive swimming for children with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities.
Video Gallery
Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Sport Alliance GmbH
Mindbody, Inc
Company profiles
Company profile: TVS Group
TVS Group includes TVS Sports Surfaces, TVS Gym Flooring, TVS Play Surfaces and TVS Acoustics. ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Gympass
Gympass is a corporate wellbeing platform that ignites and fuels every journey to feel good....
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Fitness equipment
A Panatta Sport Srl: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
On demand
Fitness On Demand: On demand
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Runcorn
Halton Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
12-13 Sep 2022
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
21-21 Sep 2022
Various, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
17-18 Mar 2023
Tobacco Dock, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates

News

Countries with lower obesity rates are the ones keeping gyms open

Investigations by HCM have revealed a correlation between countries with lower obesity rates and those where governments have kept gyms open during lockdowns.

HCM found European countries with an obesity rate of 22 per cent or above are more likely to be closing gyms, while countries with lower obesity rates – under 22 per cent – are more likely to keep them open.

The countries with the highest rates of obesity in Europe, including the UK (with an obesity rate of 26.40 per cent), Czech Republic (26 per cent) and Ireland (25.30 per cent) have closed their gyms as part of the latest round of lockdowns.

Meanwhile, countries whose obesity rates are among the Continent's lowest – such as Switzerland (19.50), Denmark (19.70 per cent), Austria (20.10 per cent) and The Netherlands (20.40 per cent) – have kept their gyms open.

On Tuesday 3 November, for example, the government of the Netherlands updated its COVID-19 guidance and called a stop on international travel and closed theatres, visitor attractions, cinemas and libraries.

However, when it came to keeping the population fit, the government said gyms would "remain open, because exercise is too important to the physical and mental health of people".

In the UK, the physical activity sector is lobbying to convince the government to categorise gyms and leisure centres as "essential services", which would mean they could remain open during COVID-19 lockdowns.

The UK entered a month-long "Lockdown 2" today (5 November), which will force gyms to shut until 2 December.

HCM editor, Liz Terry, said: "This correlation between gyms being open and obesity levels shows different government attitudes towards their citizens.

"We applaud governments that prioritise health, empower people to keep themselves fit and healthy and enable them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and self-care.

"We utterly condemn those who feel justified in removing this most fundamental human right from their populations – the right to take personal responsibility for your own wellbeing.

"The UK government must realise that every day that goes by with gyms and sports facilities closed, hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to be more sedentary, to get less fit and to become significantly more susceptible to COVID-19 – for absolutely no gain whatsoever and for no logical reason.

"Gyms are safe – this has been conclusively proven – so essentially, this is a massive lose:lose situation. We are damaging the health of the population, loading more of a burden onto our health services, while making absolutely no difference whatsoever to the spread of the virus.

"In addition, we are putting a major financial strain on facility providers and making it necessary for overstretched local authorities in the UK to find funds to subsidise leisure centres or see them close permanently.

"We emplore the government to reopen gyms, leisure centres and sports facilities now, to allow people to keep fit and to protect themselves and their families from the ill health and serious COVID-19 complications that can come from being sedentary and obese."

The date for the obesity levels come from The World Factbook,, while the status of whether gyms are open or closed is based on the situation at 5 November.

Investigations by HCM have revealed a correlation between countries with lower obesity rates and those where governments have kept gyms open during lockdowns.
PTS,HAF,FIT,IND,PUB
2020/THUMB346559_73830_891334.jpg

News

The best in the business from across the physical activity sector were honoured last night
At UK Active’s Active Uprising event yesterday (30 June) in Birmingham, Hattie Jones, the head
HCM understands researchers are moving closer to creating a pill to mimic some of the
Establishing new data and insight services and strengthening relationships with both government and the NHS
More than one in five (27 per cent) Americans belonged to a health club or
Ultimate Performance (UP) – the private gym chain and PT business – has opened a
Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers
It’s a known fact that gamification is an effective method to make everyday activities and
Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has launched a new brand called Intelligent Movement to deliver
Boutique fitness chain 1Rebel opens the doors to its tenth club today (Monday 27 June
A new report by Deloitte, outlining the social and economic value of the global health
Barry’s has entered the world of retail, opening a studio in the new Flannels flagship
The London 2012 Olympic legacy investment designed to improve physical education at primary schools has
A special task force has been established to boost physical activity opportunities for people with
Les Mills
Les Mills
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading leisure operators, has reached the milestone of teaching
F45 will be launching its first studio in a hotel in Q3 2022, following a
Premier Global NASM, which is owned by US-based Ascend Learning, has announced it's winding up
David Lloyd has introduced a small-group training programme called Delta to the range of classes
Post-operative heart surgery patients could begin their road to fitness recovery much earlier than previously
Mike Farrar has been announced as the new chair at UK Active. His tenure will
Oliver Lee OBE will be taking the position of CEO at Places Leisure from July.
Innovatise UK Ltd
Innovatise UK Ltd
Questex’s iconic event Sibec Europe-UK – known as Europe’s leading hosted buyer event for the
Basic-Fit has opened its 600th club in France in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, in the Pays de la
According to The World Health Organization's recently-released research study, WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022,
Fitness On Demand
Fitness On Demand
1 - 20 of 12,238
HCM Magazine
Event showcase
As Elevate returns to the market, we talk to director Lucy Findlay about how the event has come together
HCM Magazine
Interview
With brands such as Fitness First, Goodlife, Zap Fitness and Jetts operating across Asia Pacific, Fitness and Lifestyle Group has long been a tech innovator, as Kate Cracknell discovers
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
The body composition specialists are showing no signs of slowing down, with new leadership and launches for 2022
HCM Magazine
Everyone's talking about
Energy is top of the agenda for two major reasons – cost and decarbonisation. With these two on a collision course, our experts share their views
HCM Magazine
Q&A
Social media influencers cause harm by raising unrealistic expectations of physical perfection, as Andrea Dearden explains
HCM Magazine
Write to reply
Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]
HCM Magazine
Insight
The Global Wellness Summit brought together public health and wellness experts in Boston recently. Jane Kitchen was there for HCM to see first-hand what this ‘New new era in health and wellness’ will look like for the sector
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, LeisureDB has updated its State of the Fitness Industry Report for 2022, as David Minton reports
HCM magazine
Teenage girls are not voluntarily leaving activity, they’re being pushed out as a consequence of deep-rooted gender stereotypes
HCM magazine
The sharp increase in energy prices has left some operators reeling, but there’s reason to be optimistic if we can learn from other sectors, while moving to a low carbon future
HCM magazine
Time for a flooring upgrade? Experts share their latest insights to inspire flooring projects of all types
HCM magazine
Researchers have shed new light on the effects of HIIT on skeletal muscle, according to a study published on the eLife platform
HCM magazine
HCM People

Jeremy McCarthy

Group director of spa, Mandarin Oriental
HCM magazine
From colour zones to personalised resistance, indoor bikes now offer smarter, more advanced features than ever before. Suppliers tell us how their models can revolutionise your indoor cycling programme
HCM magazine
Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]
HCM magazine
Despite industry challenges, there’s a fresh air of positivity
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: EGYM announces integration with software provider Fisikal
EGYM has announced an integration with a leading UK-based software company Fisikal to enhance its capabilities to serve the needs of enterprise customers running multi-site operations.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Fitness industry to gather at Sibec Europe-UK in Portugal this September
Questex’s iconic event Sibec Europe-UK – known as Europe’s leading hosted buyer event for the fitness industry – will take place from 27-30 September at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, in Portugal.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: New £42m Moorways Sports Village to open on 21 May
Everyone Active will open Moorways Sports Village to the public on Saturday 21 May with a grand opening weekend – in time for the half term holidays.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: New partnership delivers swimming support to children with disabilities
A new partnership has been launched to provide inclusive swimming for children with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities.
Video Gallery
Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Sport Alliance GmbH
Mindbody, Inc
Company profiles
Company profile: TVS Group
TVS Group includes TVS Sports Surfaces, TVS Gym Flooring, TVS Play Surfaces and TVS Acoustics. ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Gympass
Gympass is a corporate wellbeing platform that ignites and fuels every journey to feel good....
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Fitness equipment
A Panatta Sport Srl: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
On demand
Fitness On Demand: On demand
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Runcorn
Halton Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
12-13 Sep 2022
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
21-21 Sep 2022
Various, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
17-18 Mar 2023
Tobacco Dock, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Servicesport UK Limited
Servicesport UK Limited
Partner sites