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Going back to the gym after coronavirus quarantine: how to protect yourself

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Gyms and fitness studios were some of the first businesses to close their doors when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world, and now they will be among the first places to reopen. Governments in some countries are easing emergency measures and opening Phase 2.

But how do you know if it’s safe to go back to your gym?

Many people are itching to get out of the house and back into society. But whether or not it’s really that safe for you to go is a complicated answer. According to appropriate safety and protection protocols, gyms will have to adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols when they reopen. It’s likely the number of people allowed in a fitness center will be severely limited, you will have to remain some metres apart while exercising and you might even need to wear a mask. The closure of gyms and other fitness centres across the world gave birth to a new trend – virtual workouts. And while they have complied with the safety guidelines laid down in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the recent reopening of different industries offers hope to this sector as well.

Even then, going back to a place like a gym can seem risky — but at the same time, many people are wishing to get back into a healthy routine and work out at a brick-and-mortar place that is not their living room.

As Nerio Alessandri, the President of Technogym (one of the brand which staying proactive), says “The unprecedented lockout that we have experienced has caused serious side effects for people’s health: a much more sedentary life, increase in weight, a worsening mental condition. In the mid-term this will bring an increase in diseases like diabetes, hypertension and depression.

Given the situation, the good news for us operators is that fitness and health will be in very strong demand on the part of the public. After the terrible pandemic, health has certainly risen to the top of the list of personal priorities for all of us. People will want to re-start with their social interactions, with movement and exercise in a safe way with professional guidance.”

The emergency that we are experiencing has given a strong acceleration to the digital revolution in all sectors, including Tecnogym. While very few companies were prepared for the prolonged closure of gyms this past month, many brands have used this time to push the boundaries of what the fitness industry can deliver through an online format.

Fitness industry finds new ways to reach their audience with a digital push. Many gyms are going virtual with online classes, livestreams and conducting personal training sessions via Zoom. There was the improvement of fitness content, accessibility, and online support. Over the past few weeks, technologically advanced clubs have been able to offer their members a range of at-home services.

For this reason, instead of preoccupation for the economic impact that the Covid emergency is creating in the short term, we can be confident for the mid-long term future of fitness industry, which will be driven by the growing need for health and prevention. Wellness confirms its value as one of the global mega-trends.

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