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Fit for Parks - Gym Equipment in a Park Near You

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published July 24th 2016
Outdoor fitness in your neighbourhood
So next time you are walking or cycling in your neighbourhood take a look around. You may notice things are starting to change within the park areas.

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Close by you!


One such change is the exercise equipment that is popping up in parks all over the city.

The idea is called Fit for Parks. Managing Director and Chief Fitness Advocate, Dean Joel, has the vision that Australians should have easy and accessible outdoor equipment that is suited to all ages and fitness levels, easy to understand yet still challenging and rewarding at the same time.

Here in Chapel Hill, you can find some of this new equipment beside Cicada Park, at the corner of Ironbark and Birchley Roads. You can't miss it because it is painted purple.

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Aerobic Cycle!


And you probably wouldn't miss it anyway because many people who go out walking make a stop at the equipment to get in an additional workout while they are out and about.

A lot of these people in the neighbourhood love the idea of the free machines as they can walk and work out without paying gym fees.

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Leg Raises!


These machines are brilliant in design. They are meant for your own weight to work as the resistance that you need to build muscle, which in turn supports your skeleton and keeps Osteoporosis at bay. It also keeps you young, flexible and mobile.

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Leg Press!


There is a series of 5 machines, bars and rings to work your upper body independent of the machines as well as a stretching station.

They do issue a warning and it is good to take note. If you are unsure, or maybe have not worked out in a long time, or if you have a heart condition you will want to check with your doctor first.

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Chest Press!


Each machine has an explanation along with a diagram of what muscles you will be working. There is also a barcode that you can scan with your smart phone to look up additional information.

The machines give you a good rounded workout. The Aerobic Cycle is good to warm up on, if your muscles are not warm already. This is important as starting too quickly with cold muscles can cause injuries.

Follow the diagrams if you are unsure. Don't over do when you first start out, gradually build up your strength.

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The Stretching Station!


In succession you can do the Aerobic Cycle, the Leg Press, the Pull Up bar, the Pull Down machine, then the Chest Press. Then carry on with the bars and rings or head to the stretching station.

It is important to stretch those muscles you have been working. It frees them up, giving you more flexibility. Go gently, have a great time working out and then carry on with your walk through your neighbourhood.

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Why? Fit a workout into your walk!
When: Anytime
Phone: 1-800-632-222
Where: Parks around Brisbane
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Love the purple! It looks very attractive as well as providing a great community service. Great article Sharon.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4057) 866 days ago
Thanks for such a straight forward introduction to the equipment, Sharon, and wonderful vision of Dean Joel's. I'll be sure to give it a go next time I'm walking by.
by alexi (score: 0|4) 871 days ago
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