Keeping fit outdoors is now a walk in the park thanks to a new outdoor gym at Manor Heath Park. The facility offers free, all-year access to fitness equipment within a public environment for people of a wide range of ages and abilities.The new outdoor gym equipment includes items that assist people with tai chi, pull ups, abdominal exercises, tricep dips, stretches, chest press and lateral pull downs.
The facility was officially opened on Friday 16th December by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Nader Fekri, and Irene Clarke, a member of the Council’s Upbeat scheme who is recovering from a stroke and with the help of Upbeat, has improved her health and general wellbeing significantly. The Upbeat team, who help people who have been referred to their 10 week exercise programme to live a healthier lifestyle, were on hand at the opening to demonstrate how to use the equipment.The equipment is located in Manor Heath Park, opposite the children’s play area, next to the Flutterbites Café.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, Cllr Pauline Nash, said:
“The outdoor gym is a welcome addition to the wide variety of facilities available at Manor Heath Park.
The outdoor gym has been funded through the Healthy Towns Programme, which aims to make Halifax a healthy town through regeneration, inclusion and fun”.
Director of Public Health for Calderdale, Dr Graham Wardman, said:
“Our aim with the outdoor gym is to encourage more people to get out in their local area and moving more. It’s something new and a good starting point for those who want to get fit. Being based in the local community should make it easier to access and people can use the facilities when they’re out walking the dog or playing with their children”.
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