Inspired Travel: Could City Parks Solve the Obesity Epidemic?

Inspired travel: outdoor fitness equipment in city parks like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Could free outdoor fitness equipment in city parks help solve the obesity epidemic? This round of travel inspiration comes from a park in Bavaria, Germany.

We’ve all heard about the obesity epidemic and how most of us aren’t exercising enough. This begs the question, what if all city parks had outdoor fitness equipment? And what if it was free and accessible to everyone? Would it be part of the solution to our ever expanding (pun intended) waistlines?

It’s the focus of this round of travel inspiration. The last one focused on subways as palaces for the people, as seen in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

I’ve seen outdoor fitness equipment in city parks in various forms throughout Germany. Although the one in Gmund am Tegernsee in Bavaria, Germany, just might be my favourite! Lake-front view? Check. No expensive gym fee? Check. It makes it hard to have an excuse for not exercising.

Each exercise station has instructions with three different levels of difficulty. That way there’s something for everyone, regardless of how fit or unfit they may be.

Research from Harvard University shows that not having access to physical activity facilities contributes to obesity. Could free outdoor fitness equipment in parks be part of the solution? Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments below:

Inspired travel: Outdoor fitness equipment in city parks, like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Inspired travel: Outdoor fitness equipment in city parks, like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Inspired travel: Outdoor fitness equipment in city parks, like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Inspired travel: Outdoor fitness equipment in city parks, like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Inspired travel: Outdoor fitness equipment in city parks, like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

Inspired travel: outdoor fitness equipment in city parks like in Gmund am Tegernsee in Germany

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.
2017-09-25T14:14:48+00:00

2 Comments

  1. Turkey's For Life March 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I LOVE these places. We’ve had them all over Fethiye (and perhaps the rest of Turkey) for five or six years ad can’t speak for other countries but Turks use them. You see curious people just having a go and you see your seasoned pros using the machinery in different ways for push ups, etc. We run and we ever have an injury, we use the ‘ski walker’ to keep us going while we recover. All our outdoor ‘gyms’ are by the sea so it’s lovely. We’ve got tons of professional gyms but if you’re an outdoors person, scared of going to a gym, you can’t afford a gym or you’re just curious…perfect. 🙂
    Julia

    • Laurel April 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      @Julia – So great to hear that they’re popular in Turkey and I would much rather work out outdoors, (especially with a sea view), than in a gym any day 🙂

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