According to Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis there are hundreds outdoor gyms UK-wide. They’re typically funded by local authorities, and are available for anyone to access all year round, free of charge.
19th April 2023
More than 42 million adults in the UK are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2040 (according to Cancer Research UK figures), with the poorest set to be among the worst affected. Meanwhile, official statistics from earlier this year reveal that one in 10 children is obese by the age of five in the UK, climbing to nearly a quarter (23%) by age 11. Again, deprived children are likelier to be overweight.
So the need for healthy lifestyles, including regular exercising, has never been greater, not least in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet fewer than one in five of us belongs to an indoor gym, while almost half of British women and a third of men never work out, according to a 2022 survey of 800 British adults. The NHS recommends children and young people do an average of at least an hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity a day across the week, while adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, or 75 of vigorous exercise.
Exercising outside offers all the benefits of fitness within four walls, but with the added psychological advantages of exposure to fresh air and green spaces, plus vital access to sunlight to top up Vitamin D levels. Indeed, the benefits of open-air workouts on wellbeing and good for those with stress are well known.
Al fresco gyms are an excellent way of providing a way for people to work out under the sky. Here are some of the key benefits to local councils in investing in these facilities:
Fresh Air Fitness is a leading UK outdoor gym equipment specialist. Talk to us today about what we could do for your parks, rec grounds or other outdoor spaces, putting you on the path to a healthier, happier local population. Take a look at our great outdoor gym offers for councils to find the best solution for your park.Back to all blog posts