Kris Clark, Product and Solutions Manager for Landscape Structures (http://www.playlsi.com), explains:
Aging population, obesity epidemic, nature-deficit disorder…we’re constantly reminded how critical good health is and why we need to get ourselves outside to exercise. Exercise is essential, but not everyone can afford a gym membership or expensive home exercise equipment. That’s the beauty of an outdoor fitness system. When placed in a public park, outdoor fitness systems can provide an accessible, cost-free way for community members to get the physical activity they need, in the great outdoors, for improved health. Outdoor fitness systems create healthy communities.
The HealthBeat® Outdoor Fitness System is an 11-station, modular, gym-quality system specifically designed to withstand the extreme demands of the outdoor environment. Built for teens and adults (ages 13+) of all fitness levels, it uses either adjustable, bi-directional hydraulic resistance or a user’s own body weight, depending on the station. Stations can be positioned along a trail, in circuits, or even around a playground so that supervisors can get the exercise they need while watching their kids play!
Each HealthBeat station targets a different muscle group and provides cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility benefits. Stations come with signage demonstrating proper use. In addition to health benefits, HealthBeat also offers users the opportunity to socialize and, when placed in a public park setting, is free of charge for users.
Be sure to know your fitness level before you start and adjust the resistance and exercises to the appropriate challenge level. For example, three HealthBeat stations (the Cardio Stepper, Chest/Back Press and Squat Press) have 6 levels of built-in resistance (1=lowest, 6=highest). If you’re a beginner, adjust the resistance to 1, and work up from there. Other stations rely on the user’s body weight for resistance, so be sure to position your body appropriately.
If you are interested in learning more about a HealthBeat Outdoor Fitness System for the park in your neighborhood, you should contact your local Landscape Structures consultant at 888.438.6574 or visit us at playlsi.com.