SEASON 2 | EPISODE 4
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Going to the gym in Brazil has become more than just an activity to help you keep in shape. It is now considered a social event. As you scroll down1 your Instagram feed, you will see dozens of photos of people at the gym. The pursuit2 of the perfect body and health is a project that involves all social classes. Of course, it also stimulates the economy of the sector. Brazil is the second on a list of countries with the most significant numbers of fitness centers in the world, with over 23,6 thousand establishments3, only behind the 30 thousand fitness centers in the United States.
According to official information, there are 5 million Brazilians who attend a fitness center, and in 2012 the income of the fitness and wellbeing4 sector has reached R$2.45 billion. This number tends to increase. Especially because big companies in the sector are offering cheaper and more effective alternatives like flexible gym hours and yearly plans. Also, the elderly’s attendance at fitness centers corresponds to 30% of the total. They contribute to the increase for two main reasons: they can afford5 the price that fitness centers charge6 (usually something between R$80 and R$250), and they are more faithful to working out every day.
In addition to that, Brazilians care about their health outside the gym. Favorite sports like football, volleyball, jiu-jitsu, swimming, surfing, and capoeira also help people get their sweat on7. The result is a population with an average weight of 74kg for a thirty-year-old man and 62kg for a woman. This is good compared to other countries where obesity is a huge health problem.
Although8 there are a considerable amount of fitness centers in Brazil, not all of them have qualified instructors and state-of-the-art9 equipment. Some will focus only on how much money they can make out of this fad10 that has spread over Brazil. The trend is fueled, of course, by many social media influencers such as actors, nutritionists, and celebrities in general. So, if you are thinking about getting fit, you should first consider the reasons why you want to do that and plan the best schedule you can follow. Sometimes, a simple walk around your neighborhood or a run in the park will do you good. Start slowly and seek professional advice before doing anything. Like in language learning, the best results depend on the direction you take not only the speed.
1 – scroll down – rolar para baixo
2 – pursuit – busca
3 – establishments – estabelecimentos
4 – wellbeing – bem-estar
5 – afford – pagar
6 – charge – cobram
7 – get their sweat on – suar
8 – although – embora
9 – state-of-the-art- moderno, de alta qualidade
10 – fad – moda