Why Should I Use Outdoor Gym Equipment?

Thursday, 7th September 2017 4:11 pm

Outdoor gym equipment is often strategically placed in areas where people are very likely to see it. Local councils use the ‘Nudge Theory’, to encourage their citizens to use the equipment. It works on the same principle of leaving biscuits on the table – if they are easily accessible people will help themselves. Therefore if outdoor gym equipment is in the park, along pathways or near a children’s playground people may be tempted to have a go.

Local councils want to encourage people to exercise in order to counteract the effects of obesity. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), obesity has doubled since 1980 and more people are dying as a result of weighing too much rather than too little. Weight gain and inactivity has a negative effect on our general well-being. Health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal disorders are often suffered as a consequence of being overweight and unfit.

Physical Benefits

We are advised to participate in 30 minutes exercise every day. Our exercise routine should incorporate cardiovascular (cardio) and strength activities. Cardio strengthens our heart and lungs while increasing muscle mass makes us stronger and helps to burn calories quicker. Outdoor gym equipment provides the same benefits of attending a gym with the added bonus of being free and in the fresh air. Instructions on each piece of equipment enable the user to exercise correctly and complete a healthy workout. It is so easy to combine a daily run or walk with children with regular gym exercises that there is no excuse not to have a go.

Social And Emotional Benefits

Being unhealthy and overweight has negative effects on our self-esteem and can lead to depression. Outdoor gym equipment provides opportunities for individuals to get out of the house and meet people. Everyone benefits from social interaction and feeling part of a group. Just chatting and laughing with fellow users will brighten up your day. Exercise produces, ‘feel good’, chemicals in the form of endorphins leaving you feeling energised and much more positive. When you use outdoor gym equipment you are looking after yourself and this can make you feel much happier. Also the fact that you are likely to lose weight and tone up while exercising will give you greater body confidence.

Playdale Outdoor Gym Equipment

Playdale’s outdoor gym equipment comes in the form of Training Buddies. Each buddy looks like a 2D superhero with instructions so you can have your very own personal trainer every time you exercise. There are eight Training Buddies that provide the following types of exercise; sit-up, pull-up, press-up, horizontal pull-up, squat, lunge, shoulder press and triceps dip. The Training Buddies range conforms to EN 16630 for permanent outdoor gym equipment. Most of all they make workouts fun and enjoyable.

To find out more information about our outdoor gym equipment please contact us.