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.
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.
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.
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.