The entire fitness world must reopen no later than after the current lockdown expires on March 3. This urgent appeal comes from fit20, the fitness chain that also includes the branch at Burgemeester Haspelslaan 71. “Health is the foundation of the current lockdown policy. But let it also be the foundation of unlocking our country, ”said fit20’s CEO Walter Vendel, who advocates for all fitness centers in the Netherlands.
MUSCLE LOSS Vendel points in particular to the role of the fitness world for the 50+ target group. He touches on a number of recent studies, such as that last June at John Moores University in Liverpool. “This shows that elderly people in lockdown quickly lose muscles, or sarcopenia. With this muscle decrease, we always see a connection with and worsening diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and mental and emotional deterioration. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/fit20-stands-up-for-the-immediate-reopening-of-the-fitness-sector.html
The worrying thing is that this muscle waning is often permanent. A study by the University of Amsterdam was published on 13 January, which shows the significant relationship between sarcopenia and the death of elderly people during hospitalization. Strong muscles protect the elderly and make them more resistant to Covid. Weak muscles make everyone, especially the elderly, extra vulnerable. Indirectly, you can conclude that keeping all these sports locations closed actually increases the pressure on healthcare. While the gyms actually contribute to the solution. ”
SAFE TRAINING That is why the fitness world needs to reopen, says Vendel. That is in the interest of public health. “In fitness centers – be it the yoga studio, the gym around the corner or a fit20 branch – you can train safely, responsibly and guided, based on a strong protocol. After the first lockdown, it turned out that the fitness world is absolutely not a source of contamination. At fit20 we have not even had any contamination at all – with more than 130 branches. To be clear: we are not talking about contact sports, but about training at a distance of more than 1.5 meters and with minimal numbers in professionally run companies, ”says Vendel.
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