The local property market is dependent on many things, but great facilities are crucial. While industry experts tell you schools and transport hubs have the biggest impact on demand for homes, and the quality of life, outlets like gyms mean a lot to the local people.
The co-owner of easyGym Camberwell, Hemal Gill, spoke to the SWLondoner to commemorate National Fitness Day. Hemal discussed how hard it has been for one of the emerging businesses in Camberwell in recent times.
She said: “The healthy eating campaign is great, with loads of resources, but it’s hard to eat well and then exercise. If you start with exercising you also start to eat better, the knock-on effect of that is building a better immune system, and in turn that supports the health service. There are things the Government could do to link in with the industry, by supporting people to go to the gym and sign up, just as they did with restaurants, and information about safe exercise and building foundational strength could easily be part of the public messaging.”
Hemal continued by saying; “Home workouts are good, but they have limits that gyms can help you extend. In a gym you feel supported and motivated, then you start to feel optimistic, and you can get guidance on exercising and healthy eating. Many people working from home are not sitting on ergonomic chairs, and some who can’t afford an office space work sitting in their beds. Moreover, a lot of people who’ve never run before have started running, on pavements, and in traffic with all that pollution. Physiotherapists are reporting an increase in repetitive strain injuries, and strength training is the best way to avoid that.”
Gyms are having to work hard to win people over right now
It is fair to say some people have concerns about the cleanliness of gyms in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. With people sweating and possibly even breathing heavily after exerting themselves, it is natural that some people will have concerns about visiting a gym at this time.
However, the owner of the easyGym in Camberwell has explained the work being carried out to ensure the gym is clean and safe.
All the machines in the gym are set out with at least 2m space, and the machines have been positioned so no one is breathing into another person’s air space. Also, the air inside the gym is circulated from outside. Hemal said; “We’ve spent a long and tiring time working all of this out and making it safe.”
Camberwell gym providing support for the community
The gym owners have also operated a telephone contact service allowing people, not just members, to call them. Like many gyms, the owners have tried to set up a sense of community around them.
Hemal said; “It’s a local business, all about building a community. When they started talking about gym closures, my first instinct was to wonder what will happen to my members, who come for physical and emotional well-being, and my personal trainers, who are self-employed. It was a bit scary but members stayed with us even though we couldn’t open. I’m so grateful, I think our members really saved us.”
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