Women’s health and fitness most at risk if leisure facilities stay closed

Beatrice J. Doty

Ongoing closures of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres are “disproportionately” affecting women, according to Sport England, which warns gender inequalities have been exacerbated by lockdown.

The Government-formed body expressed concern to MPs that the clock is being turned back after women’s sporting participation was boosted by last year’s football, netball and cricket world cups.

Activity levels were at record highs pre lockdown, but “less women than men” have been able to be active as families were placed under pressure by Covid-19.

“We’ve seen an exacerbation of inequalities that existed before lockdown,” said Alison Donnelly, executive director of communications and marketing at Sport England.

The Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee praised Donnelly over the Sport England-backed This Girl Can campaign, which was first developed in 2015 to promote sport and activity among women, and since then has inspired four million women to act.

“In terms of

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Boris Johnson warned opening pubs before gyms and swimming pools could be ‘catastrophic’ for health

Beatrice J. Doty

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the 11-times Paralympic gold medallist, has personally written to Boris Johnson to tell him that public health risks being set back a generation and that much of the sports sector has “lost faith” in his government following the failure to reopen gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools.

In her letter to the Prime Minister, Grey-Thompson warned that thousands of facilities were at risk of closing permanently and said that there was shock at the decision to reopen pubs, hotels, cinemas and restaurants but not indoor health, fitness and sports facilities.

A public petition urging the government to allow gyms and leisure centres to reopen has also now reached almost 100,000 signatures, the level at which it would be considered for debate in parliament.

“The consequences of further delays and ambiguity are stark,” wrote Grey-Thompson. “Communities across the UK are now on notice at the potential loss

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This duo wants to help you find the best fitness class

Beatrice J. Doty

With the recent boom of apps like ClassPass and workouts like those offered by Orange Theory, SoulCycle and Pure Barre, it can feel overwhelming to dive into the world of fitness classes — especially when you aren’t sure what you’re getting yourself into.

Elizabeth Endres and Dale Borchiver, the co-founders behind the popular blog and Instagram account, Sweats and the City, had no idea that reviewing their fitness classes and giving healthy lifestyle tips could become a full-time job.

But in 2016, that’s exactly what they did, and now their Instagram account has amassed more than 88,000 followers.

“Sweats and the City is an all-encompassing health and fitness lifestyle blog,” Borchiver told In The Know. “We’ve got health, we’ve got beauty — everything from facials to food. We really like to make it a go-to destination for New Yorkers and beyond.”

The idea originated with Dale and Elizabeth were

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Health Club Reopens 5 Facilities In Northern Virginia

Beatrice J. Doty

NORTHERN VIRGINIA — Life Time, a chain of health clubs in the U.S. and Canada, has reopened five of its health club facilities in Northern Virginia, with the goal of providing a safe environment for its employees and members.

Life Time has updated its website to provide members with information about its social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, hygiene and screening and other health-related protocols. The company also enlisted a former state epidemiologist with experience in clinical occupational and environment medicine to ensure the health club’s protocols are in line with the latest public health considerations.

“As a company founded on member point of view, we want our members to have confidence and peace of mind that Life Time is committed to creating an environment that helps reduce risks associated with COVID-19,” Life Time Chief Operating Officer Jeff Zwiefel said. “Reopening Life Time with enhanced health and safety protocols, we

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