Job done - Creating an outdoor fitness area for older people

Project: Building a fitness area outside a day centre
Client: Spelthorne Borough Council
Contractor: Record RSS
Cost: £8,000

Older people in Shepperton now have the chance to get fit without having to shell out on expensive gym memberships.

A new fitness area has been installed by Record RSS at the Greeno Day Centre's grounds in Shepperton to give members a new way of staying healthy.

The outdoor fitness equipment was chosen by people who use the day centre and includes kit that will help them improve their heart fitness, balance and co-ordination. Two members of staff from Record RSS created the fitness area over a week.

The equipment installed includes a ski stepper, a "push hands" machine that tones the upper body and a "handle boat", which gives a full body workout.

Centre user Kay Stevens said: "A lot of older people want to do gentle exercise but do not have access to equipment or cannot afford to join a gym. We were delighted at the exciting different items we could have."

Record RSS area manager Alan Eastell added: "This fitness equipment supports the need for cross-generational fitness provision within our parks and public spaces. It makes training and informal workouts accessible to all."

The fitness area at Greeno Day Centre is the first of its kind Record RSS has installed and Eastell said he anticipates demand for the equipment in public spaces like parks, colleges and sports grounds will increase.

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