Outdoor gym

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Outdoor gym in Torremolinos, Spain

The outdoor gym is a gym built outside in a public park, with the all-weather construction of its exercise machines somewhat modeled on playground equipment. It is similar to the 1960s-70s proliferation of fitness trails, which continue to be created particularly in the USA and Europe. In some instances, trails used for fitness are referred to as outdoor gyms.[1]

Outdoor gyms have been used in China as a national fitness campaign prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2] The government has rolled out over 20,000,000 square metres (220,000,000 sq ft) of outdoor gymnasiums across China[2] Currently a third of the sports lottery is dedicated to funding this concept.[citation needed] In China they have a similar survey to the Active People Survey. The participation levels in physical activity have been steadily on the increase since the outdoor gym concept has been introduced to China.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Randall, Laura (2008). Day and Overnight Hikes: Palm Springs Menasha Ridge Press, ISBN 978-0897329811. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  2. ^ a b Olympic passion turns into "exercise fervor" in China Chinese Embassy in the U.S., 29 August 2008 Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2010-07-15.