84% of Singaporeans Exercise On a Weekly Basis,  With 86% Desiring More Than Just Physical Outcomes 

Virgin Active has unveiled the results of their recent Singapore  Fitness Trends Study 2022. The study took a deeper dive into the fitness habits of Singaporeans,  identifying key insights and influences from 798 respondents in Singapore, representative  across age and gender. This comes alongside Virgin Active’s focus on rolling out specialist  programmes, reinforcing its commitment to provide the highest quality in training, coaching,  and class experience. 

Julien Bera, Country Director of Virgin Active Singapore says, “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.” 

The survey also found an increased priority on holistic well-being among Singaporeans,  perfectly aligned with Virgin Active’s belief in maintaining a balance between mental and physical wellness. Championing a holistic health and fitness lifestyle, Virgin Active clubs come  equipped with premium, designated recovery and relaxation spaces, and facilities, to  complement the workout sessions. 

“Besides providing amazing gym floor equipment and superlative relax and recovery facilities,  Virgin Active focuses on delivering specialist group exercise programmes. With our vast  experience and team of expert coaches globally, the brand prides itself in delivering multiple  core programs which include Yoga, Reformer Pilates, Cycle, Boxing and GRID (high intensity  interval training program),” added Julien. “In Singapore, we’ve recently launched our brand  new Reformer Pilates Programme in November 2022, and are excited to roll out a series of  specialist programmes in our Singapore clubs come 2023.” 

Below are the key findings from the Singapore Fitness Trends Study 2022: 

COVID-19 has been a key motivator and influence of fitness priorities, with a majority of  Singaporeans prioritising the improvement of their fitness, health and wellness 84% of Singaporeans now exercise at least once a week, with more than a third exercising at  least four times a week. 94% of Singaporeans have been impacted by the pandemic when it  comes to working out and more than 1 in 5 (23%) Singaporeans have found themselves  exercising more after the pandemic. Among those impacted, 68% have changed the way  they worked out due to the pandemic with 38% exercising more at home, 13% exercising more  outdoors and 20% exercising with fewer people. 17% have changed the types of exercises they  do, while 14% have tried new types of exercises. 

Majority of Singaporeans desire more than just the physical outcomes of working out Singaporeans are starting to view wellness through a much broader and more sophisticated  lens, encompassing not just fitness and nutrition but also overall physical and mental health  and appearance. 86% of respondents highlighted holistic wellness as their priority, with a focus  on recovery and mental well-being. 82% also indicated that being fit improves their  confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, 73% of Singaporeans also recognise that working  out regularly alone is not enough, one must also be mindful of what they eat and drink. 

The number one motivation for working out is health-driven, particularly for older Singaporeans 93% of seniors aged 65 to 75 prioritise working out as a means of improving or maintaining their  general health, while 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 use of technology to monitor health and fitness is strong and rising 

Technology plays an increasingly prevalent role in the quest to better one’s health. This 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% of Singaporeans are inclined to using wearable  technology to monitor health and fitness, with almost half of the respondents (46%) already  using some form of technology to monitor their health and fitness levels as well as enhance the  efficiency of their workouts. 

Preferred workout activities differed among men and women in Singapore

Aside from outdoor walking, which is by far most common among 2 in 3 respondents (62%),  fitness activities vary significantly by gender. 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. 

Yoga remains the most popular type of group exercise class in Singapore According to the survey, almost half (45%) of group class attendees regularly attend yoga  classes, followed by spin cycling at 29%, dance classes at 27%, high intensity interval training  or HIIT at 24% and pilates at 22%. 

Virgin Active anchors focus for 2023 in specialist programs 

Come 2023, Virgin Active Singapore will be rolling out a series of specialist programmes across  all its six clubs islandwide, anchoring its focus on becoming a specialist in holistic health and  wellness. These experiences are all-inclusive within its membership. Virgin Active’s ability to be  a specialist in more than one program, as compared to boutique players, is enabled by the  brand’s vast experience and global team of expert coaches. 

Having already started with the Reformer Pilates programme launched in November 2022  featuring three different class types – Introduction, Align and Athletic, Virgin Active Singapore  will continue to strengthen the rest of its multiple core programs in the coming year under the  following pillars: Yoga, Cycle, Boxing and GRID (high intensity interval training program). 

“Instead of visiting various boutique studios for different workout experiences, you can now  access expertly crafted classes at Virgin Active,” said Julien. “We believe that Virgin Active’s  specialisation in fitness, wellness, relaxation and recovery empowers one to enjoy their lives to  the fullest.” 

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