Seven new urban outdoor gyms have opened in Tower Hamlets parks, enabling residents to use their local parks to improve their fitness and get active without the need for expensive gym memberships.
They are part of a social prescribing service that GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals can refer patients to improve their health and well-being.
It is estimated that 20-30 per cent of the adult population in Tower Hamlets is clinically obese due to a lack of physical activity.
The gyms include parallel bars, cross trainers, smart energy hand bikes, benches and sprint tracks. And the council is running free weekly instructor-led exercise group workouts at each of the venues.
Sir Sam Everington, local GP and chair of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We all know that keeping fit is brilliant for your health, and the launch of outdoors gyms at various parks across our borough is great news for local people who can now access free, easy-to-use and suitable for all ages equipment, without paying for an expensive gym membership.
“Physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, and regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50 per cent. I encourage local people to make use of these new free-to-access facilities, and reap the many benefits exercise can provide.”
Tower Hamlets urban gyms are located at:
Millwall Park, Manchester Road, E14,
Ropewalk Gardens, E1,
Shandy Park, Harford Street, E1,
Sir John McDougall Gardens, Westferry Road, E14,
Rounton Road Park, Rounton Road, E3,
Jolly's Green, Joshua Street, E14
Pollard Square, Pollard Row E2.