Zdrofit, a popular fitness club chain, has been putting health and an active lifestyle first for years, encouraging everyone to exercise regularly. Thanks to Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce treatment facilities its mission is now gaining a medical dimension. On May 5 this year 10 centres supporting the recovery of health and fitness by improving them through exercise as part of preventive physiotherapy have started operating in and around Warsaw.
– Since last year, our health has deteriorated significantly, which is negatively affected by the pandemic, social isolation, remote work, sedentary lifestyle, and above all, lack of exercise. Already during the first lockdown, in the spring of 2020, nearly half of the physically active Poles admitted that they had reduced their workouts due to the closure of the sports infrastructure and 42% of the country’s inhabitants gained an average weight of 5.7 kg. This information as well as numerous discussions with experts specialising in movement therapy provided a strong argument to create a place where physical activity will be the most important remedy – explains Tomasz Groń, Managing Director at Benefit Systems Fitness Unit, responsible for Zdrofit, Fabryka Formy and Fitness Academy chains as well as the services provided in Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce treatment facilities.
As part of the movement therapy (kinesiotherapy) Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce patients will receive individual Rehabilitation Programmes prepared by physiotherapists.
– Movement is the synonym of life. There is a vital answer to the health challenges we face in this statement. Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle has a negative impact not only on the locomotor but also on the vasomotor system, hormonal balance, respiratory and digestive systems and our psyche. During exercise, endorphins – happiness hormones that positively affect our wellbeing – are released into the blood. Therefore, if we exercise regularly, we naturally feel the need to get tired again after a while – says Andrzej Kępczyński, physiotherapy expert at Benefit Systems Fitness Unit.
According to the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) data, in 2020 Poles spent about 11 million days on sick leave due to back pain, which is almost as much as in 2018-2019 in total (6.7 million days in 2018 and 6.9 million days in 2019). In 2020, the number of medical certificates connected with mental and behavioural disorders also increased significantly. For this reason, Poles spent a total of 27.7 million days on sick leave, an increase of 36.9%. compared to 2019.
– Recovery and return to being active after a long break is not easy and we should prepare ourselves well for it. Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce is a solution for people who want to safely return to physical activity and minimise the risk of health problems related to the current lack of exercise. It is also an offer for people who work many hours in the home office mode and those who return to physical activity after an infection or injury and want to take advantage of the advice of physiotherapists on safe and healthy workouts – explains Tomasz Groń.
People interested in using the Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce services who obtain the patient status will receive a personalised Rehabilitation Programme prepared by physiotherapists on the basis of a qualification questionnaire regarding their health condition. After obtaining the patient status, as part of individual recommendations contained in the Rehabilitation Programme, they will be able to do the exercise programme in newly opened treatment facilities.
The details on the operation of Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce treatment facilities and the conditions necessary to use the services provided in them are available at zdrofitzdrowemiejsce.pl.
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Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce are treatment facilities where medical services in the field of preventive physiotherapy and kinesiotherapy (movement therapy) are provided. They aim at improving the health and psychophysical condition of patients. Behind the idea of Zdrofit Zdrowe Miejsce is Benefit Systems Fitness Unit that manages the Zdrofit chain. Fitness Unit is a part of Benefit Systems, the leader of the non-financial benefits market and the creator of the sports and recreational MultiSport Programme which supports the active and healthy lifestyle of its users.