With the United Kingdom implementing lock down this week it has meant that all leisure centres and gyms are now closed for the foreseeable future. As a result people are having to be a little creative in order to maintain their gym routines.
Many have turned to online classes and home workouts as a replacement.
Following Government instruction, we have closed our gyms temporarily. You won’t pay while your PureGym is closed.
We’ll email all members soon with details. Thank you to all our members for your support. Keep an eye out for PureGym Home coming soon. pic.twitter.com/DOpegO05SE
— PureGym (@PureGym) March 20, 2020
Large gyms, such as Pure Gym, have decided to freeze all memberships and have provided workout routines via their social media. Despite online workouts being popular with many, a few inspired gym-goers have transformed their garages and sheds into their own personal gyms to keep fit during lock down.
“i SAW IT AS A PROJECT ” Eugene o sullivan – Resident
Eugene O’ Sullivan from Streetly was one of the avid gym goers who decided to transform his garage into a new gym for lock down.
He says exercise is crucial during lock down as it “helps to maintain a sense of normality during these unprecedented times”.
An alternative to the garage transformation are online workouts which have also proved to be popular during lock down. The Body Coach , Joe Wicks, has been doing online classes every day at 9am encouraging people to get their one hour of exercise a day.
PE With Joe | Tuesday 28th April https://t.co/wPLzTQtSr1 💪🏼
— The Body Coach (@thebodycoach) April 28, 2020
The Government and the NHS are reiterating the importance of getting your daily hour a day exercise but also say social distancing measures should be maintained at all times.
✔️ Exercise daily to keep your mind and body in good health.
🏠 You can leave home once a day to exercise.
🏃♀️ If you're thinking of going for a run this morning make sure to stay 2 metres away from others. pic.twitter.com/r9D1cLgIDR
— NHS (@NHSuk) April 22, 2020
With the possibility of lock down being extended further, the future of exercise is likely to be online for the foreseeable future.