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