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Fashion or identity or Fitness ?  

2013-01-19 07:29:19|  分类: 社会·杂谈 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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It seems to me that going to gym is a luxury thing in China by considering the cost as most gyms are located in hotels. The recent report in Beijing shows that the range of the price is 800 -8000 Yuan per year, which is base upon the available facilities.  Not surprisingly, not everyone can afford either the time or the cost. In common sense, most people go to gym with the intention to get fitter and keep body in shape, or to meet friend as a part of social activity, but to a certain extent it represents a fashion and mirror people’s identity in China.

 

Unlike China, for many people in the UK, going to gym as a daily activity is quite common, and also many disabled people will be encouraged to go to gym with support on the regular basis. Certainly, disabled welfare allowance will cover their expense.  The normal annual price ranges between ?190-840, which is very close to the price in China.  The cost of gym membership in china is only affordable by rich people and most disable people are therefore excluded.

 

It is worth noting that the fitness profession as an industry in China currently doesn’t look optimistic, even some are going bankrupt. While, it is a popular industry in the UK with a reported 27% of the population as a whole, holding leisure center membership, but there is no clear figure for Chinese report on this matter. However, in general, by looking at the whole population, the China Minister of Health reported in 2012 that 80% of Chinese don’t do any exercise.

 

In effect, the key issue here I emphasized is what is a gym for.  Doing exercise on a regular basis is a way to keep fit that in turn to improve quality of life, on the long term, for health care resource saving. Going to the gym is supposed to be a common consumption in daily life on a affordable cost but it becomes merely a luxury entertainment in China. What is behind this scenario?

 

Perhaps people may say that because of the significant cost of National Health Service, therefore the local government is making an effort to keep fit facilities as a part of community service which is a way to help and improve people’s health that in return to reduce the cost od NHS. If we put in this way, in China because the majority of people pay their health costs and they are responsible for their own health, in other words, the government may not put the public’ health on the priority. People have money to spend on their health and that is their personal choice. Therefore going to gym becomes a luxury thing in China.

 

It is paramount to redefine the purpose of going to the gym, and raise the awareness to keep healthy which in turn to improve life expectancy as well as quality of life in China. The latest report shows that the average life expectancy in China is 74.84 and 81 in the UK. Apart from culture concerns, for example diet, demographic difference, doing exercise to maintain health should be advocated and going to gym should become a generality not a privilege for the certain group.

 

Perhaps, it is time to pay attention to rethink the reasons why the rich people take advantage of keeping body in shape but not the majority can afford. Does health have different label to represent different people? We need to think that the available facilities in a gym is for the public as a part of social service to improve people’s health not to represent people’s wealthy and identity. 

 


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