Childhood obesity rates are on the rise, making it a serious health problem in the United States. Obesity is a chronic disease in itself, putting a strain on American families and affecting overall health, health care costs and productivity. Plus, obesity can lead to a wide range of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Fighting obesity requires a multilayered approach. Healthy eating is a big part of the picture and so is exercise. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization reports that 80 percent of kids ages 11-17 aren’t physically active enough. One way that communities are fighting back is by creating safe, engaging places for kids to play.
Playground fitness equipment is a growing trend, especially among older kids. Let’s learn more about why this type of equipment is gaining attention and popular equipment to set your sights on.
Outdoor Playground Fitness Equipment: Why it’s Gaining Popularity
Outdoor fitness parks are becoming popular because they support multigenerational play and are convenient and accessible. You can create a single fitness destination with equipment for children and adults of any level.
Thanks to flexible outdoor fitness equipment packages, fitness equipment can be installed in clusters at a playground, along a walking or bicycle path or in a pocket park outside of a community center.
Here are some of the main reasons why playground fitness equipment is turning heads:
- Promote outdoor activity for the whole family - there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
- Provide communities with free, accessible fitness equipment rather than sending them to the gym
- Enhance standard bike paths and hiking trails with fitness equipment, allowing for a better workout experience
- Strengthen community ties - families can meet up with others at the park and spend the entire day here
Create a Fitness Destination in Your Community
Park and Rec Pros can help you create a multigenerational fitness park in your community. You can choose one of our preconfigured fitness layouts or select standalone pieces instead. There is no right or wrong - it all depends on your end goals for the project and your budget.
Here is some of the most popular playground fitness equipment we sell:
- Shoulder rotators
- Climbing walls
- Step trainers
- Balance beams
- Cardio walkers
- Chest presses
- Rung ladders
- Elevated platforms
Start Planning for Your Playground Fitness Park Today
Get in touch with Park and Rec Pros to discuss your vision for an outdoor fitness park. You’ll be promoting healthy living for all ages in your community and making it easier for families to get outdoors and be active. And, with the flexibility of this equipment, you can always add on with new equipment at a later date!