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Virgin Active: 8 out of 10 Singaporeans exercise at least once a week

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Virgin Active releases their Singapore Fitness Trends Study 2022 that looked at the fitness habits of Singaporeans.

The Singapore Fitness Trends Study 2022 identified key insights and influences from 798 respondents in Singapore, representative across age and gender.

Respondents indicated they want to go beyond just achieving physical outcomes through their workouts, and a key motivation is to maintain good health. There is a prioritisation to improve fitness, health and wellness.

Results from our Singapore Fitness Trends Study 2022 revealed that the pandemic has been a key influence for a shift in Singaporeans’ fitness priorities, with a majority of Singaporeans prioritising and wanting to improve their fitness, health and wellness.

Julien Bera, Country Director of Virgin Active Singapore

5 key findings from the Virgin Active Singapore Fitness Trends Study 2022

84 percent of Singaporeans exercise at least once a week, with more than a third exercising at least four times a week. 94 percent of Singaporeans have been impacted by the pandemic when it comes to working out and more than 1 in 5 (23 percent) Singaporeans have found themselves exercising more after the pandemic. Among those impacted, 68 percent have changed the way they worked out due to the pandemic with 38 percent exercising more at home, 13 percent exercising more outdoors and 20 percent exercising with fewer people. 17percent have changed the types of exercises they do, while 14 percent have tried new types of exercises.

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Singaporeans view wellness to include fitness and nutrition as well as overall physical and mental health and appearance. 86 percent of respondents highlighted holistic wellness as their priority, with a focus on recovery and mental well-being. 82 percent also indicated that being fit improves their confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, 73 percent of Singaporeans also recognise that workout out also includes being aware of their nutritional needs.

93 percent of seniors aged 65 to 75 prioritise working out as a means of improving or maintaining their general health. Younger Singaporeans have a much broader range of motivations. Key motivations for Singaporeans aged between 18 to 34 range from losing weight, having fun, enhancing one’s physical appearance, and challenging oneself.

The rise in the usage of technology among Singaporeans as part of their workouts come in many forms – from medical devices and mobile applications to wearable accessories such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. 63 percent of Singaporeans are inclined to using wearable technology to monitor health and fitness, with almost half of the respondents (46 percent) already using some form of technology to monitor their health and fitness levels as well as enhance the efficiency of their workouts.

Fitness activities vary significantly by gender. Uutdoor walking is far most common among 2 in 3 respondents (62 percent). Activities that see a significantly higher number of men include outdoor running and cycling, training at a gym, swimming, individual and team sports, as well as combat sports. Women in Singapore prefer more static and guided work out activities, such as yoga and YouTube tutorial workouts at home.

Virgin Active adds focus on delivering specialist group exercise programmes

The first of such specialist programmes to be launched in November 2022 is its Reformer Pilates Programme, which will turn “traditional” Reformer Pilates on its head, with the creation of three Reformer Pilates classes: Introduction, Align and Athletic.

Reformer Introduction is the perfect place to get an introduction to the Reformer bed and foundational Reformer repertoire. Reformer Align classes bear the closest resemblance to a traditional Reformer class with strong, focused, and steady movements. Reformer Athletic, on the other hand, will bring the high-energy cardio, strength, and musical experience of a HIIT and dance class, into the Reformer studio.

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More information about the new Reformer Pilates Programme can be found on their website.

Pictures courtesy of Virgin Active Singapore.