Let’s get physical, physical!

Residents of Hume can exercise for free, thanks to a range of fitness equipment that has been installed at parks across the municipality.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said that many of Council’s parks enabled people to burn energy like never before.

“Our parks have always been great places to walk and enjoy some fresh air, but a number of them also offer ways to develop or maintain fitness,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The sturdy exercise gear in Hume’s parks assists residents to workout a number of body parts, including the arms and legs.

“It is ideal for people who feel a little intimidated at a gym, and allows exercise with the whole family at any time of the day.

“Many residents will find the exercise tools fun to operate, and the park setting can help people to meet others from their neighbourhood.”

Exercise equipment is available at the following parks in Hume:

• Craigieburn Gardens, Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn (behind the Craigieburn Leisure Centre);
• Sunbury Recreation Reserve, Riddell Road, Sunbury;
• Malcolm Creek Parklands, between Mt Ridley Road and Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn;
• Napoli Park, Napoli Circuit, Greenvale;
• Central Park, Centennial Park Drive, Craigieburn; and
• Anderson Reserve, Glen Allan Street, Broadmeadows.

Some parks offer fitness equipment along a path, so that residents can explore the surrounds as they walk or jog between each apparatus.

Cr Atmaca said park users could choose from a variety of exercise options.

“People can vary their work-out and try different things to ensure they don’t become bored by any particular exercise routine,” he said.

“The equipment caters for a range of fitness levels, and there are instructions on each apparatus that describes how it works.

“We’ve also displayed information to assist people to understand which muscles are exercised by which piece of equipment.”

The fitness devices include body dips, leg press, chin-ups, parallel bars, sit-up bench and the skier.

Cr Atmaca encouraged all residents to give the exercise equipment a try.

“We know that many people have already used the fitness gear, and they range from children right through to senior citizens,” he said.

“It is very enjoyable to exercise outdoors, and people who undertake a regular fitness regimen often feel immensely satisfied.

“We’ve installed this equipment at parks in Hume to help residents improve their health in a welcoming environment.”

Hume City Council plans to deliver more exercise gear later this year, with equipment to be fitted at Shankland-Tarcoola Reserve in Meadow Heights and Westmeadows Reserve in Ardlie Street.

Updated : 9:06 AM, 6 July 2015

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