Keeping fit and healthy this year has been challenging for the majority of us as COVID-19 has done its best to disrupt everyday life for New Zealanders. Gyms temporarily closing in March this year gave their members the option of working out online (which for Les Mills was very successful), while most of the population decided to go it alone and keep fit by exercising in the garage, local reserve or back garden. Since March 25th this year, gyms and fitness centres - like other businesses - have been hit hard. Redundancies and future uncertainty has led to an expected fall in the number of new members joining gyms and fitness centres. And rightly so too; uncertain times lie ahead, and any disposable income might now be used to save for a rainy day. There have been many rainy days this year already and although New Zealand is at alert level 1, the nature of the COVID-19 virus means that it can re-emerge quickly, as it has recently done in Europe at the time of writing this article. A lot has been said of the effect the virus has had on the fitness industry, and though New Zealand is by no means clear in eradicating the virus, there is a small opportunity for some of us to look ahead and get back to normal with our fitness.
If you are one of these people, or someone who is looking for a new gym or fitness centre to reinvigorate your motivation and passion, here is a list of recommendations for you. Choosing a new gym is not easy, and there are plenty out there. Do your research first; like buying a car or house, complete due diligence first so at the end of the day you can pay your weekly gym membership in confidence, knowing that you have sourced well. Some recommendations to consider include: