Singapore-More than two years have passed since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in 2020 and the gyms and fitness studios here were hit by restrictions, and the industry is finally beginning to show health.
In response to inquiries from The Straits Times, the Legal Committee’s Sport Singapore (SportSG) stated that more than 238,600 people used 26 ActiveSG gyms in May. This is a 6% increase compared to the same month of 2019 before the pandemic.
Participation in the ActiveSG Sports Center program has increased as well, with more than 108,400 members participating in activities such as Zumba and yoga in May. This is an increase of 16% compared to the same period in May 2019. With more than 30 sports centers operating in more than 30 locations, the number of reservations for basketball, badminton courts and swimming pools is increasing.
The latest figures show that more people are engaged in physical activity here after two years of turmoil for Singapore’s fitness industry.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, intense indoor sports and exercise classes that required participants to take off their masks were abandoned.
Gym and fitness studio owners said in May 2021 that Sport SG promised to help sports and fitness companies pay operating costs in the form of $ 18 million. Incurred an economic loss.
The restrictions have since been relaxed, and the Safety Control Measures (SMM), updated in April, no longer require a safe distance between individuals or groups while the group size restrictions are lifted.
However, not all have returned to their pre-Covid-19 state. When ST visited the Toa Payoh ActiveSG gym, users were urged to wear masks as they moved between stations.
SportSG added that staff have confirmed that SMMs, such as wearing masks indoors, are in compliance and will continue to do so for the safety of guests.
Nikolastan, 28, a regular at the Anytime Fitness Greenwich V branch, said he was delighted to see Jim bustling again.
“The number of gym users has increased in recent months,” said Tan, who works in the automotive industry. The difference is that more and more people are wearing their own towels and masks. . Clean after using the station. People take hygiene more seriously. “
The same trend of user boom has been observed in private gyms and fitness studios.
John Suriya, 29, head coach of personal training service Thrive Fitness, has doubled the number of clients to 28 since the beginning of the year when the restrictions were lifted.
“A pandemic means people spend more time for themselves, and now more people recognize the importance of staying healthy,” Surya said.
He also pointed out a revised set of Singapore Physical Activity Guidelines published by Sport SG and the Health Promotion Commission last month. The guidelines require adults to accumulate 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week.
“More people are taking health seriously. We realized that the latest government guidelines make people more conscious and need to incorporate some exercise into their daily lives, so fitness classes and All services, “said Surya.