It’s Monday and we know what that means… Another long week ahead. We arm you with the fitness stats you need for inspiration and motivation:
UK health and fitness industry continues to grow
The 2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry is continuing to grow. This growth is being primarily driven by the private sector, which has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before. There are now over 9.7 million fitness members in the UK. 1 in every 7 people in the UK is a member of a gym.
Source: 2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report
Safer cycling routes to increase children participation
Slightly under 3% of pupils aged five to 16 cycle to school, with more than a third going by car. In countries where decades of investment in bike routes has made cycling safer, the reverse is true. Almost 40% of Dutch children go to and from school by bike. In Denmark’s second city of Odense, which has over the decades built 350 miles of bike lanes, a claimed 81% of pupils go to school by bike.
Source: The Guardian
Running reduces the health risks
Regularly running reduces the risk of breast cancer by 25%, cataracts by 35%, gastric cancer by 50%, depression by 19% and a serious heart attack by 50%. Basically, running is good for you!
Source: Women’s Running
Cycle towards better health, rather than commute by car or public transport
Cycling to work is linked with a 45% lower risk of developing cancer, and a 46% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), compared to commuting by car or public transport. For more on why you should cycle to work, check out some benefits here.
Source: Cycling UK
Exercise gives you energy
You might be surprised at how, say, popping in a workout tape for 30 minutes in the morning can change your whole day. When endorphins are released into your bloodstream during exercise, “you feel much more energised the rest of the day.” And when you improve your strength and stamina, it’s easier to accomplish everyday tasks like carrying groceries, climbing stairs and going to work. This also helps you feel more energetic over the course of the day.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: ‘Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport.’