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Coronavirus: Hackney people of all ages return to gyms and swimming pools post-lockdown

PUBLISHED: 15:25 12 October 2020 | UPDATED: 14:22 13 October 2020

Community leisure faciliies provider, Better, has implemented Covid-19 measures to keep gym and swimming pool users safe. Picture: Better

Community leisure faciliies provider, Better, has implemented Covid-19 measures to keep gym and swimming pool users safe. Picture: Better

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Hackney people have returned to gyms in large numbers since leisure facilities reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.

Since lockdown, Better's own data on gym and swimming pool usage has revealed hundreds of thousands of visits to its leisure facilities in Hackney. Picture: BetterSince lockdown, Better's own data on gym and swimming pool usage has revealed hundreds of thousands of visits to its leisure facilities in Hackney. Picture: Better

According to the latest figures from Better, a nationwide community leisure facility operator which operates centres in Hackney, there were more than 100,000 visits to Better’s Hackney swimming pools and almost 50,000 visits to Hackney gyms between July and September.

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A Better spokesperson said: “Now more than ever, keeping active and engaged in our health is crucial, and having friendly, welcoming, safe spaces to do this has helped so many people get back into their routines.”

Though younger gym users are returning in the highest numbers, analysis of gym usage data revealed 18.6 per cent of returning users are aged 51 and over.

Despite reduced capacity, post-lockdown Hackney has seen 169,130 visits to its community leisure facilities since July 25, with London Fields Lido revealed as the borough’s most popular work-out spot.

Visit www.better.org.uk/lp/social-distancing-workouts for tips on socially distanced fitness routines.


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