Faster, higher, stronger: Poles want to exercise more after pandemic

As much as 85 percent of Poles declare increasing their physical activity after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the survey conducted by the Kantar pollster.

Fitness clubs can last only three more weeks of lockdown

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The closure of fitness clubs, gyms, and other sports facilities deprived many people of the possibility to work out. Only around 10 percent of those polled said that they trained at home and these were mostly people who had been very active beforehand.

As more and more pandemic restrictions in Poland are being lifted, people who want to exercise and work out await the decision to reopen gyms and fitness clubs. Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, Poland’s Sports Minister has good news for them.

“We count on that in two weeks, fitness clubs and swimming pools will be opened,” she told private sports channel Polsat Sport.

Before the pandemic, around 40 percent of those polled used some form of a sports facility and 75 percent of that group said they would return once they are reopened.

Most people questioned who had reduced their level of physical activity reported already feeling the ill effects in terms of their frame of mind (74 percent) and health (65 percent) as well as on their figure (61 percent).

The poll was conducted on 23-30 April on a random sample of 1,000 Poles with the use of a computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) method.

The possible decision to reopen gyms and other fitness facilities will allow many of them to survive. According to the Polish Fitness Foundation, less than half of all clubs would last out the month.

The industry, which generates around PLN 4 bn (EUR 877 mln) of income per annum and employs 80,000 people was one of the first to close down after the COVID-19 outbreak, along with cinemas.