You may have noticed that many urban communities are installing outdoor fitness equipment along trails and in community park areas. The installation of this equipment has been shown to improve the health and wellness of surrounding residents as well as reduce financial and logistical barriers to exercise.
Improved Community Health & Wellness
Residents in communities with access to outdoor fitness equipment experience great benefits from increased outdoor physical activity, including better mood, and a healthy dose of vitamin D.
Plus, individuals who work out outside tend to burn more calories for a longer period of time. Let’s face it: a changing landscape is a bit more inspirational than looking at the same indoor-gym surroundings throughout the duration of your exercise. Outdoor factors, like non-regulated temperatures and constantly changing terrain, also push outdoor exercise enthusiasts to work harder.
A study led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital associated moderate to intense physical activity, e.g. brisk walking, with a reduction in mortality among women of up to seventy percent. The study included over 16,500 participants who wore a triaxial wearable device for a minimum of 10 hours a day.
The Harvard Gazette reports, “this is one of the first studies to investigate physical activity, and a clinical outcome, using the newer-generation triaxial wearable devices, which have increased sensitivity to recognize physical activity and are capable of more precise measurements than the previously used uniaxial devices, or studies relying on self-reports only.”
While the benefits of physical activity are well documented, this study further emphasizes their importance, comparing the detrimental effects of inactivity to that of smoking.
Reduced Barriers to Exercise
Another great benefit of outdoor exercise equipment is that is provides access to physical fitness at no cost. Community outdoor gyms are also typically located in easy to get to locations for residents. Those who live within walking or biking distance can even get their cardio in on the way for a complete body workout.
Communities that install outdoor exercise equipment report increased resident satisfaction with amenities and increased social interaction among residents. Our commercial outdoor fitness equipment is durable and affordable. Designed for constant commercial use, our outdoor fitness systems will withstand the harshest weather and are backed by an industry leading warranty. Explore our selection today!