VIDEO: New gym zone opens in park

Outdoor fitness equipment has been introduced at Welland Park.

Harborough District Council and outdoor play equipment firm Proludic officially launched the equipment for the community to use.

Chairman Neville Hall opens the new gym equipment at Welland Park

Chairman Neville Hall opens the new gym equipment at Welland Park

The aim is to reduce the financial burden on the NHS by providing a free outdoor exercise zone and to link up with the council’s Active Together initiative to encourage more people to be physically active improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

The project was initiated after an unnamed district woman, who was coming to the end of a council active lifestyle programme, was looking for a cheaper alternative to the gym.

The project, funded and installed by Proludic, has labelled gym equipment with exercise demonstrations, which can also be viewed on smart phones by scanning a QR code displayed alongside the equipment, which includes a balancing beam which can be used to do press ups, step overs and toe-taps, wall bars for calf and thigh muscles, and stepping posts for shuttle runs, hop-overs and weaves.

District council portfolio holder for health Cllr James Hallam said: “Lack of fitness is an issue facing the community and this sort of investment is extremely welcome as we work together to bring fitness and health to the forefront of the community.

“I expect to see a number of people of all ages and abilities using the equipment and I am looking forward to seeing the positive health and social outcomes of the zone.”

Social Fitness Zone managing director at Proludic, Michael Hoenigmann sai: “Research we have done has shown that 69 per cent of the population are totally reliant on parks for their physical exercise – from walking the dog to community fitness instructors, parks are where our nation gets its exercise.”