Residents can get more active for free thanks to Hounslow Council’s partnership with BetterPoints, when using the borough’s outdoor gyms.
Anyone using the outdoor gyms that have been installed in parks across Hounslow, can gather reward points as they increase the amount and level of fitness they do.
BetterPoints is a reward programme, where you can download the app and record what exercise you are doing.
Reward points collected as result of using an outdoor gym or other activities can be turned into vouchers to spend in high street shops or a donation to a chosen charity or other community project.
The latest of the new outdoor gyms was launched earlier this week in Feltham Park, Hounslow Road, by the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Ajmer Grewal and
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Public Health.
Outdoor gyms are part of a project run by Hounslow Council’s Public Health and Leisure team in partnership with Carillion Communities, which manages the borough’s parks and open spaces.
In total 8 new gyms have been installed, including Callisthenic-style equipment at Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre, Wood Lane, Isleworth – which is designed to increase body strength, fitness and flexibility through movements such as pulling and pushing, bending and stretching.
The equipment at the outdoor gyms are much the same as what is found in an indoor gym but they are specifically designed for outdoor use. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, there is also no charge to use them.
Outdoor gyms have proved to be popular so far in Hanworth Park, Beaversfield Park, Redlees Park, Thornbury Playing Fields, Carville Hall North and Southville Park.
Also as part of the launch this week, the council and Fusion Lifestyle – which manages the borough’s leisure and sport development for the Council, are offering a six-week training course for free in how to use the equipment hounslow.info/parks-open-spaces/outdoor-gyms/
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This is a wonderful way to combine keeping fit and healthy and enjoy our local parks at the same time.
“We made a commitment to pursue every opportunity possible to provide the facilities that will help residents get more active and in turn be able to have healthier lifestyles.
“’People also come along to their local parks and open spaces to use outdoor gyms and do exercise at their own levels and in their own time, increasing the opportunities to have healthier lifestyles.”