Many public parks and recreational grounds are installing outdoor fitness equipment for local residents to use. Exercising outside in the park is certain to appeal to those that prefer to avoid the traditional gym environment. Using the outdoor fitness equipment can provide a wide range of benefits, including:
The public parks that install this type of equipment are providing a completely free option to get fit and healthy. This helps to save on the monthly or yearly cost of buying gym membership. It has the ability to encourage more people to get active because there is no cost involved. Most of the outdoor fitness equipment is relatively easy and simple to use to avoid potential injury and doesn’t require the need to hire a personal trainer. Even though the exercise options will be limited compared to a full gym, it is still a great introduction to different exercises and helps to get fit.
Mix strength and cardio training
Exercising outdoors usually means there is a lot space to combine a varied range of workouts. The use of equipment like bikes or rowers is great for cardio. But, this exercise is also achieved by running about the park. This activity should be combined with strength training to tone-up and build muscle. Useful equipment can include pull-downs and leg presses to help target the different muscles throughout the body. Mixing the different forms of exercise is the most effective way to help build muscle and lose weight. Plus, muscle is more effective at burning calories, so the body naturally burns more calories when a mix of exercises takes place.
Family friendly environment
The less confident children are more likely to be encouraged to use the outdoor fitness equipment in a park or similar space compared to a traditional gym environment. It is a great way to get children to exercise. The children can learn by seeing others exercising and see this as a normal part of day-to-day life. Also, it gives families with grown children the opportunity to be outside and exercise in a fun and relaxed environment.
Well built and resilient
The equipment installed in the park is built to be hard-wearing and resilient. It gets a lot of use and must stand up to the changes in temperature to withstand heat, wind, snow and rain. Plus, it must be designed to be user-friendly and safe for people of all fitness levels to use.