No joining fees at foreshore gym

THE recent Manning river foreshore redevelopment has seen the addition of three separate activity zones along the newly installed 1.5km pedestrian/cycleway.

Made possible through council's federally-funded healthy communities project, each activity zone boasts equipment that can host up to three users performing different exercises at any one time at each zone.

The versatility of the equipment enables users to perform such exercises as dips, push-ups, sit-ups, hanging leg raises, step-ups, body rows, hip twists, air walking and cycle training which all incorporate elements of balance, lower and upper limb strength and cardiovascular fitness.

"The equipment aids in promoting and encouraging outdoor active recreation and encourages physical activity," said council's healthy communities coordinator, Daniel Lawton.

"Evidence tells us having access to places for physical activity (trails, facilities and parks that are safe and affordable) increases physical activity by almost 50 per cent," said Daniel.

"Physical inactivity is a major health problem for Australia. More than half of Australian adults (54 per cent) are not sufficiently physically active to gain health benefits. Physical inactivity costs the health budget an estimated $1.5bn a year: causes 16,000 premature deaths a year; increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancer and is a critical factor in Australia's obesity epidemic," continued Daniel.

Two of the zones are located in Queen Elizabeth Park, with the third station located between Sailo's and the Rowing Club.

The equipment is suitable for all ages and fitness abilities. Free fitness in the park/come and try sessions will be made available through council's healthy communities project and delivered by Taree YMCA staff.

For further information on council's healthy communities initiative or the free come and try sessions call 6592 5399 or email Daniel.lawton@gtcc.nsw.gov.au

All exercise stations are open, and current construction on other sections of the Manning River Foreshore is scheduled for completion in mid-February.

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