The number of gym goers using City of Edinburgh council-owned fitness facilities has increased by 40% since 2007, new Freedom of Information data reveals.
There has been an overall 36% increase in the numbers using public fitness facilities since the 2014 Commonwealth Games, according to membership figures provided by gym providers across 22 Scottish local authorities.
Commenting, Gordon Macdonald, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands said:
“It is fantastic that Edinburgh Leisure has seen a 40% increase in its membership since 2007 and a 10% increase since we hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“This rise in gym goers in Edinburgh is testament to the SNP Government’s commitment to investing at a school, community and national level to create a Scotland where people are more active more often.
“The SNP’s increasing investment not only in sport and fitness, but also in areas such as nursery education and childcare are helping to break down the barriers that prevent many people from increasing their levels of physical activity.
“As the country takes steps towards becoming the world’s first Daily Mile nation, and as we approach the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as well as the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – I hope we can continue to inspire more Scots to make fitness a priority in 2018.”