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Published July 2nd 2016
Forge your way to improved fitness
I'm sure I am one of many who are conscious of their fitness levels, both physically and mentally, particularly as we grow older.
Whilst joining a gym works for some, for others you pay your membership fees and end up visiting only a handful of times, losing motivation as quickly as water going down a drain (not to mention your money).
On a recent walk around Camden Park, I discovered in one of the reserves next to a bike and walking path, a series of 5 fitness stations that are provided by the local council which can be used for free.
Not only are you exercising but doing it whilst out in the fresh air without any cost! The area also lends itself to cycling and walking along a path which traverses what was an old rail line adjacent to Creslin Terrace in Camden Park.
The exercise associated with using this machine boasts the benefits for the cardiovascular system, the arms (both biceps and triceps) as well as development of the shoulders, back and laterals. This type of activity is particularly good reportedly for the lower half of the body, especially the quads in the upper front of the thighs, the calves as well as the glutes.
This piece of apparatus has a two-fold purpose, one as a Shoulder Press and the other, a Lat Pull Down.
The Shoulder Press capability as it states, is particularly beneficial for the shoulders but also the triceps and helps build strength especially in the upper part of the body.
The Lat Pull Down is great for laterals and biceps and it leads to the working of several different muscles in your upper body. Some exercises carried out repetitively can easily lead to mental boredom and the feeling you have reached a training plateau.
With this exercise, there is variation in how you grip the bar, with for example a wider grip or a closer grip as well as overhand or underhand.
The name alone sounds interesting, possibly painful however like any exercise, if carried out correctly can pay off big time. This particular machine helps develop the abdominals and lower back. For a start the exercise is low impact which is always a good thing and helps build strength and tone muscles in your core and hips.
Reports are that this type of exercise also helps build stamina and cardiovascular fitness.
At this station like any others it is recommended that children under 12 are supervised by an adult.
The other important factor in all exercise is the simple mantra: remember to breathe and where possible at a smooth rate!
No, the Ezy-Rider is not a ride around on a Harley-Davison, it is another of the fitness stations available for use in this reserve.
An almost all over body workout occurs with this exercise, benefiting the lower back, abdominals, quadriceps, as well as shoulders and laterals. Again a low intensity activity so that your muscles and joints are not strained. Pretty good for the cardiovascular system as well!
This exercise again gives both upper and lower body a good workout, concentrating on the cardiovascular system, the legs (quads, hamstrings and calves), as well as arms (both biceps and triceps). Reports are that the exercises associated with using the cross-trainer also include the capacity to strengthen bones, and increase your lung capacity.
Before using any equipment it is important to warm-up with some stretches so that you don't risk any strains to your muscles or joints. The good thing about the fitness stations is that each piece of equipment is well sign-posted with instructions on how to use them safely and effectively.
City of West Torrens is one local council which has these fitness stations available for the public's use. There are several other local council areas which encourage fitness and health improvements by implementing these types of services.