The growing use of technology and age of convenience has shifted our society to become overwhelmingly sedentary. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources lists many statistics regarding physical activity, or a lack thereof, within the United States. Below are just a few of the most startling:
- Only one third of children are physically active everyday.
- Less than five percent of adults are physically active for at least thirty minutes each day.
- Children spend an average of more than seven and a half hours a day viewing a screen.
Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is often accompanied by poor nutrition, resulting in a significant rise in obesity and serious obesity-related conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. In a 2015-2016 report, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the prevalence of obesity was as high as nearly forty percent, affecting more than 94 million adults. The number has more than doubled for adults since the early 1970’s and more than quadrupled for children aged 6 to 11.
With obesity and its many health implications on the rise, cities across the United States are taking serious measures to boost awareness and fight back. The first line of defense? Access to fitness within our communities.
City parks and other green spaces within our communities offer playgrounds for children and walking trails for adults. However, traditional parks and trails go widely underutilized, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. In response, city planners have begun installing outdoor fitness equipment and are seeing great results. Here’s why…
Benefits of Outdoor Fitness Equipment
The installation of outdoor fitness equipment breaks down economic barriers that can hinder individuals from participating in physical activities. Say goodbye to gym memberships and fitness class fees. Outdoor exercise equipment is free to the community when installed in public parks and green spaces.
Working out outside has the added benefit of sunshine and fresh air. Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and teeth, supports the immune, brain and nervous system and even aids defense against certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis and diabetes 1. Fresh air is correlated with healthy digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.
Outdoor exercise has been shown to boost mental health. A study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry found that participants who exercised outdoors experienced significantly less tension and depression in comparison to those who exercised indoors.
Pro Playgrounds offers commercial outdoor fitness equipment that is durable and affordable. Featured items include stretching posts, push up bars, sit up benches and more. Designed for constant commercial use, our outdoor fitness systems withstand the harshest weather and are backed by an industry leading warranty. Browse our selection of outdoor fitness equipment here.