Ex­er­cise made eas­ier at lake

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Help­ing the mo­bil­ity im­paired keep fit is part of the aim be­hind ad­di­tional ex­er­cise equip­ment be­ing in­stalled at Toko­roa’s Lake Moananui.

In 2015 seven per­ma­nently fixed ex­er­cise sta­tions were in­stalled around the lake by the South Waikato District Coun­cil.

Based on the pos­i­tive feed­back from users and de­ter­mined to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing, the coun­cil has now al­lo­cated fund­ing of $34,000 to buy and in­stall five more as part of its re­cently adopted An­nual Plan.

But this time com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said those with mo­bil­ity im­pair­ments will also be able to get in on the ac­tion.

‘‘The new equip­ment will in­clude a com­bi­na­tion wheel­chair press, bi­cep curl and squat ma­chine, a seated over­head shoul­der press, a shoul­der grinder [which is] ba­si­cally a bi­cy­cle for arms, dou­ble mon­key bars, and a scram­ble net,’’ she said.

‘‘Three pieces of ma­chin­ery are cur­rently be­ing in­stalled and two more ap­pa­ra­tus will be in­stalled in the com­ing month on the east side of lake.’’

To make it eas­ier for those with mo­bil­ity im­pair­ments the equip­ment is also be­ing sta­tioned along­side the lake’s ex­ist­ing con­crete path which means users won’t have to go over un­even ter­rain to ac­cess them.

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