A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…read more
ExerciseNZ study shows that New Zealanders have gained tonnes of weight during Coronavirus pandemic
New information released by the Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) shows that Kiwis have gained 2.8 million kilograms, or 2819 tonnes, of body weight in the last 12 months.
ExerciseNZ’s survey found that people gained an average of 5.4kg over the year, almost 10 times the normal rate of adult weight gain.
While, on average, people gain around 500 to 700 grams a year in early adulthood, but this survey shows weight gain is way up.
ExerciseNZ Chief Executive, Richard Beddie believes that the lockdown, and the longer term COVID challenges last year, changed the way people moved, but just as importantly what they ate.
The ExerciseNZ commissioned survey found that stress was a consistent factor for both those who gain weight and those who lose it, and that those that lost the most weight were essential service workers such as police and nurses.
Commenting on the findings, Beddie (pictured) advised “both police and nurse roles had major work changes due to COVID and stress can lead to both weight gain or weight loss, depending on the individual.
“The good news is that in terms of some activity levels, such as those taking part in exercise have returned to pre COVID levels.”
The latest industry survey data shows more than 95% of people who exercised before COVID, are back to exercise as normal in terms of visits and usage.
"While this is good, we need to look at ways where we can bring the benefits of exercise to the 80 percent of the population who don’t presently take part in any structured physical activity.
“One of the ways we are trying to help is by subsidising gym memberships for first time members and a limited number are available around New Zealand that are accessed via www.exercisenz.org.nz.”
ExerciseNZ’s consumer research also found that more New Zealanders today are aware of the benefits of exercise than three years ago.
In 2018, 55% of people in Aotearoa saw value in physical activity. That figure has climbed this year to 61%.
The full report is available to ExerciseNZ members.
Click here for information on ExercesNZ.
22nd June 2021 - NZREPs celebrates its inclusive community during Pride Month
9th June 2021 - Men’s Health Week supported in Australia and New Zealand
14th April 2021 - NZREPS highlights specific benefits of resistance training
30th March 2021 - NZREPs highlights the value of Group Training
25th February 2021 - New research shows benefits of exercising in groups
22nd January 2021 - ExerciseNZ urges seniors to get fitter before their COVID vaccinations
5th January 2021 - ExerciseNZ shares advice on gym reopenings
21st December 2020 - ExerciseNZ’s Richard Beddie advises that steady exercise counts
1st December 2020 - ExerciseNZ’s Richard Beddie backs WHO’s new weekly health activity guidelines
20th October 2020 - ExerciseNZ cites growing evidence gyms and fitness clubs are safe
21st July 2020 - Technogym’s Nerio Alessandri says ‘gyms are safe’
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…read more
Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…read more
Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…read more
ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!