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Crisis Prompts Icelanders to Exercise More

Visitors to Iceland’s gyms and swimming pools have increased significantly in recent months. Björn Leifsson, owner of World Class said the increase is both due to a higher number of customers and current customers coming to the gym more often.

“I believe this increase is mainly caused by people having more free time and spending less time abroad, but are also eager to meet other people and stay positive,” Leifsson told Morgunbladid.

Leifsson said that while 25 percent of members came to the gym on a daily basis in 2008, that percentage as risen to 30 percent in the first months of this year.

“The increase [in visitors] is enormous,” agreed Thröstur Jón Sigurdsson, managing director of Sporthúsid sports center. “The main difference lies in the fact that there are many people in the gym during the regular working hours, between 8 am and 4 pm, which used to be a down time.”

According to information from the Reykjavík City Department of Sports and Leisure (ÍTR), visitors to the capital’s swimming pools increased by 60,000 in January and February compared to the same months last year.

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