Make gyms essential during second lockdown for mental health.

Make gyms essential during second lockdown for mental health.

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Shereen Simmonds started this petition to UK Parliament

Move gyms into the essential category during the second lockdown. There is no evidence that gyms are a high risk environment and it has been stated that gyms are Covid safe.
“The data from across NSW showed that during an eight-week period after gyms reopened there were more than 7.31 million check-ins across 546 gyms and during that same period there were zero cases of reported community transmission in a gym,” says Fitness First’s general manager.

The closure of gyms will lead to a decline in people’s general health and fitness.

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.

There are studies that show exercise helps aid anxiety, ADHD and PTSD. 

Running is not a “one size fits all” exercise. While there are some benefits to running, for a majority of people it can lead to ankle, shin, knee, hip and back damage, and is generally not recommended as a go to exercise. This is particularly the case for overweight, injury prone and mature people. In this instance the cons weigh out the pros and for a vast majority of people the gym is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for general well-being, health and mental health.

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