More urged to use free out­door gym

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For more than two years the out­door ex­er­cise and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre at Pohlen Hospi­tal has helped Mata­mata res­i­dents to stay ac­tive.

But Sports Waikato Ac­tive and Well co-or­di­na­tor Tui Pri­est said she would like to see the re­sources used more fre­quently.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity and it’s free,” she said.

“It caters for all sorts of peo­ple, of all ages, whether they are los­ing weight, do­ing re­hab work or just want to keep fit.”

The fa­cil­ity has seven pieces of ex­er­cise equip­ment, a ramp/stair, ob­sta­cle course and health walk de­signed to build car­dio-vas­cu­lar fit­ness, strength and bal­ance.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ings, Mrs Pri­est is on-site to teach new- com­ers how to use equip­ment and to help regulars stay on track.

“When peo­ple first come down they are usu­ally a bit shy but once they get go­ing they are away,” she said.

Mar­garet Tews had a stroke five months ago and doc­tors sug­gested she make use of the out­door cen­tre to help with her re­cov­ery.

“The stroke left me with a weak leg but it seems to be strength­en­ing,” she said.

“I come down here two or three times a week.

‘‘On a nice day it’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful out in the fresh air.”

Equip­ment at the cen­tre was specif­i­cally de­signed to help peo­ple build fit­ness, strength, bal­ance and flex­i­bil­ity.

“It’s a won­der­ful tool for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” Mrs Pri­est said.

“It helps older peo­ple to keep their mo­bil­ity up and gives them more con­fi­dence.”

There are a num­ber of regulars at the cen­tre and Mrs Pri­est said they had started to meet for a cof­fee group once a month.

If you are in­ter­ested in us­ing this fa­cil­ity, please contact Mrs Pri­est on 027 270 8867.

Or head down to the cen­tre on a Wed­nes­day be­tween 10am and 12.30pm.

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