Borough's main hospital becomes first in Britain to get own Olympic Park-style outdoor gym

Stourbridge News: Director for Action Heart - Russ Tipson, Dean Hill from the Office of Public Health, Cllr Stuart Turner and Gavin Hollows - volunteer and former patient. Buy photo: 141408LA Director for Action Heart - Russ Tipson, Dean Hill from the Office of Public Health, Cllr Stuart Turner and Gavin Hollows - volunteer and former patient. Buy photo: 141408LA

THE borough's main hospital has become the first in Britain to get its own Olympic Park-style outdoor gym.

Russells Hall Hospital unveiled new facilities last week which are intended to help patients, visitors and staff work out their way to a healthier lifestyle.

A total of 16 pieces of equipment , which are the same as items installed at London’s Olympic Village, have been fitted near to the Action Heart Centre at the Dudley hospital.

Paula Clark, chief executive at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The rehabilitation and referral programmes aim to establish long-term physical activity habits with our service users so they can sustain a healthy level of physical exercise.

“The idea behind having the gym at the hospital is that the service users get trained to use it so they are confident to carry on using the ones in the community settings.”

The fitness kit, which includes two exercise bikes, a rowing machine, bench press and a cross trainer, is the eighth outdoor gym in the borough.

The council says gyms in public places have contributed to improvements in peoples’ activity levels and reductions in anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Stuart Turner, Dudley's cabinet member for public health, said: “In Dudley we have a long track record of providing a nationally recognised cardiac rehabilitation service and exercise referral programme.

“This new outdoor equipment will be primarily used to support this work but the equipment will also be available to visitors and other patients.”

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6:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

viktoria says...

Dudley is one of the most obese places in the world, and I guess every little helps. I hope this helps some people to improve their heart condition.

The main problem with any kind of planned exercise is that it's pretty boring and not how we would naturally exercise as humans. For most of history we got enough exercise as part of other activity: hunting for animals, farming, doing manual work, walking to work, or just playing outside with other children. And in much of the world that is still how people get their exercise - they don't need to think about it, it just happens.

Now in the UK we have created a world where it's become quite difficult to get enough exercise through normal daily life. If we can reverse that trend, for example by providing better alternatives to driving your car, making the outside environment more child-friendly, we will find people's health improving again naturally without having to cajole them to go to the gym every week.
Dudley is one of the most obese places in the world, and I guess every little helps. I hope this helps some people to improve their heart condition. The main problem with any kind of planned exercise is that it's pretty boring and not how we would naturally exercise as humans. For most of history we got enough exercise as part of other activity: hunting for animals, farming, doing manual work, walking to work, or just playing outside with other children. And in much of the world that is still how people get their exercise - they don't need to think about it, it just happens. Now in the UK we have created a world where it's become quite difficult to get enough exercise through normal daily life. If we can reverse that trend, for example by providing better alternatives to driving your car, making the outside environment more child-friendly, we will find people's health improving again naturally without having to cajole them to go to the gym every week. viktoria
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