During the last decade, there’s been a concerted effort by the government and the NHS to promote healthy living. Campaigns such as Change4Life promote a healthier lifestyle by encouraging people to eat more vegetables, reduce their daily salt intake and become more physically active.
Making the Change4Life
The “5-a-day” campaign has undoubtedly become ingrained in the nation’s psyche since it was launched in 2002, but the push to ensure that people actually do consume their recommended quota of five portions of fruit/veg continues.
Another key aspect of the Change4Life programme is perhaps less well known – “Get Going Every Day”.
Being physically fit helps reduce heart risks, stress and can boost your sense of well-being, so it’s a crucial part of the Change4Life campaign. One of the important messages that Get Going Every Day also strives to get across, is that leading an active lifestyle doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.
Simple changes in your daily lifestyle can help you become fitter – leaving the car at home and walking instead, taking the dog out for a walk more frequently or taking up a hobby such as Geocaching are inexpensive activities that can help people meet their Get Going Every Day target.
But is there an alternative to an expensive gym membership?
Well, yes. An often overlooked, but excellent method of getting fit for free, is the public “fitness trail”…
Getting Fit For Free
sportsequip.co.uk have supplied and installed countless fitness trails (sometimes known as “trim trails” or “activity trails”) throughout the UK. Fitness Trails provide an excellent way to help people become more physically active and allow them to Get Going Every Day.
Each trail will typically consist of around 12-14 wooden fitness stations, allowing users to do a general workout (targeting the upper body, lower body, balance/coordination and climbing/jumping) as they progress through the trail, moving from station to station.
Each fitness station enables users to perform simple exercises, such as sit-ups, chin-ups, press-ups and balance activities. Signs/data boards located next to each station within the fitness trail provide clear instructions on how to use each piece of equipment safely and effectively.
Over the last 15 years, we’ve designed, manufactured, supplied and installed hundreds of fitness trails, so if you’d like advice on how to help people in your area Get Going Every Day with a fitness trim trail, we’d be happy to assist – simply call us on 01858 545789 for more information.