Half of all South Africans gained weight during lockdown with 69 percent of the population now bordering on obese.
This is according to a 2021 national survey commissioned by Pharma Dynamics, a provider of cardiovascular medicine, and weighs up well against national statistics, demonstrating that 31 percent of men and 68 percent of women in South Africa are obese.
While the vast majority (88 percent) are aware that obesity heightens a person’s risk for severe Covid-19 complications, 19 percent of those polled said they won’t be making any attempt to address their weight issues.
“For many people, the idea of exercising is just too daunting,” said Gumtree’s Estelle Nagel.
“Not only are people wary of gyms for fear of contracting Covid-19, but many just can’t afford the fees anymore.”
For those looking for a safer and more cost effective way of getting in shape, Nagel believed second-hand home gym equipment is their best bet.
“Gym equipment is a prime resell item. Many people splash out money on a brand-new treadmill or rowing machine and use it for a few months, only to become demotivated and leave it to gather dust. Buying second-hand is a much smarter option,” she said.
There are currently 8 500 sports and fitness equipment listings on the site, including exercise bikes, ergo machines, weights, squat racks, cable machines and bench presses. There are also over 150 listings for personal trainers all over South Africa.
“The beauty of a personal trainer is that they can come to you,” said Nagel.
And it may even work out less expensive that joining a gym. With talk of a third wave of Covid-19 looming, now would certainly be a good time to set up your home gym and start shedding those extra kilos,” she said.