‘Women as health-conscious as men’
* Women from all walks of life joining fitness centres
By Shahrukh Ayub
LAHORE: Women are apparently as health conscious as men, as gyms and health centres for females seem to be packed, revealed a survey conducted by Daily Times.
As the importance to look physically fit escalates in society, particularly in the case of women, joining a gym is gaining popularity amongst them.
Gyms are very crowded in the morning, which is considered to be a peak time for exercise. Women, especially from the elite classes, are now giving so much importance to their health, that they are ready to join gyms despite busy schedules.
Women: Women from all walks of life work out at health centres, irrespective of whether they are businesswomen or housewives. A famous fashion designer was spotted at a gym in Gulberg, although she has to follow a very busy schedule. A housewife at a gym on Zafar Ali Road said, “I have four kids who go to college and although they are grown up now, I still have to take care of them. I cook food for them and have a busy routine, but I still take time out for exercise. Sometimes I go to the gym in the evening, and other times in the morning. But I never miss.”
A visitor at the Gymkhana Club said, “Six to seven months ago, I was overweight. I did not like to go anywhere and my blood pressure was increasing by the day. A friend suggested that I should join a gym, which I then did. Within a few months, I started losing weight and I am not overweight anymore. My blood pressure is also normal. I have one school-going kid. I drop him to school and then go to the gym. I have to take out time for exercise, but it is necessary.”
Women join fitness clubs for different reasons some to reduce weight, others to keep themselves healthy, and still others to exercise as a necessity.
Clubs are offering lifetime memberships for fees ranging from Rs 100,000 to Rs 450,000 and people are buying these memberships. In fact, it has now become difficult to get the membership of any club because they are jam-packed all the time.