Free fit­ness park pop­u­lar­ity grows

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

New year’s fit­ness res­o­lu­tions will be eas­ier to keep with the help of ex­tra gym equip­ment in­stalled in a Mt Roskill park.

Three ex­er­cise ma­chines have been added to the fa­cil­i­ties at War Me­mo­rial Park on May Rd, bring­ing the to­tal to 16.

The new ma­chines – a cy­cle strider, horse rider and a step-and-reach – are placed next to an ex­ist­ing cross-trainer and face the play­ground so that par­ents can use them while keep­ing an eye on their kids.

The other pieces are scat­tered around the park for peo­ple want­ing to com­plete a cir­cuit.

Lo­cal board mem­ber Ella Ku­mar, who is also a per­sonal trainer, says 10 min­utes on each ma­chine pro­vides a good car­dio­vas­cu­lar work­out.

‘‘The obe­sity rate in New Zealand is on the rise and not ev­ery­one can af­ford gym equip­ment,’’ she says.

‘‘So it’s a good way for peo­ple to do a good 40-minute ex­er­cise.’’

Mrs Ku­mar says each fit­ness sta­tion has a set of in­struc­tions show­ing peo­ple how to use it.

One park-goer says she stum­bled upon the ma­chines while walk­ing through the park and now goes there with her sis­ter to work out daily.

‘‘I am di­a­betic, so the doc­tor told me I need to ex­er­cise,’’ she says.

‘‘We told all friends about it.’’

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Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Fit for free: Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board mem­ber Ella Ku­mar is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to try out the new gym equip­ment at War Me­mo­rial Park.

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