A total of 128 fitness centers took part in a symbolic action on Sunday to remind them that they still have not been able to reopen their doors, due to health measures. The sector believes that reopening fitness centers would pose little health risk and warns against “another kind of pandemic“, that of physical inactivity.
From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., many sports clubs brought out their devices, mainly treadmills and indoor bikes. A maximum of four people each time, three people accompanied by a coach, therefore engaged in outdoor physical activities with one goal: to reach a total of 10,000 kilometers by 10 p.m. This distance refers to the number of lives that would be threatened by a lack of physical activity. Around 2 p.m., more than 3,000 km had already been covered on treadmills placed in front of the participating centers.
Among the participants, Johan Lansmane, manager of a center in Braine-le-Comte, assures us that it is possible to play sport, in its structure, while respecting health rules. “We had already done this during the first reopening, of course putting large plexiglass between each machine. There is disinfection by customers and staff after each use, with alcohol of course. The wearing of the mask is there, of course. And there is a general markup at our center on compliance with instructions“, explained the manager of the Sportoase center in Braine-le-Comte.
Sport and fitness are, however, very important for both physical and mental health.
Due to the “corona” measures in force, more than 1,000 fitness clubs are still closed in Belgium today. “Sport and fitness are, however, very important for both physical and mental health.“, one underlines on the side of the centers. They want to reopen as quickly as possible and recall the strict measures which had been taken during the first deconfinement. A reopening which had resulted in very little contamination, according to Bart. Colombia, from the European Fitness Academy.
In addition to a rapid reopening, the sector is also asking the authorities to encourage the population to practice more sport in the future. The symbolic action of the fitness centers continues until Sunday evening.