Work out for free in the great outdoors at Loughgall park

Deputy Mayor of Armagh, Joy Rollston, front, tries out one of the pieces of outdoor exercise equipment whi has been installed at Loughgall Country Park. Counillor Rollston officially opened the outdoor exercise area on Friday morning. Also included are Councillor Eamon McNeill, right, Council staff, members of Loughgall Village and District Improvement Association and members of the local Cardiac Rehabilitation Group. INPT09-200.
Deputy Mayor of Armagh, Joy Rollston, front, tries out one of the pieces of outdoor exercise equipment whi has been installed at Loughgall Country Park. Counillor Rollston officially opened the outdoor exercise area on Friday morning. Also included are Councillor Eamon McNeill, right, Council staff, members of Loughgall Village and District Improvement Association and members of the local Cardiac Rehabilitation Group. INPT09-200.
0
Have your say

A new outdoor gym in Loughgall Country Park will provide local people with the opportunity to get fit without spending a penny.

Local residents will be able to use a range of equipment, including a cross trainer, a hand bike, a dip/leg raise station, pull-up and assisted pull-up station with a chest press and seated row station.

In total, ten pieces of low impact, resistance-based equipment have been installed. While there is a nominal charge for the car park, the open air gym is free to use and is safe for people of all ages who are looking to boost their health and fitness.

The project was developed by Armagh City and District Council in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA).

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Joy Rolston, said, “It is great to see this free initiative being made available to the public. It is an amazing facility which will undoubtedly help improve health and wellbeing.”

The new state-of-the-art equipment has been supported by the PHA with a grant of £15,000.

Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement at the PHA, commented, “Participation in physical activity, sport and exercise is great for both body and mind. It helps maintain a healthy weight and protects against heart disease, helps with our sleep patterns and can improve our mental health by reducing stress. The outdoor gyms are a great way to get active. They are free, easy to use, and are easily accessible on the doorstep of local communities.”

People are encouraged to visit Loughgall Country Park and make use of the new gym while they are there. The park has lots to offer, including an 18 hole golf course, a 37-acre coarse fishing lake, walking and cycling routes, a soccer pitch, tennis courts and a children’s play area.

For more info, visit www.loughgallcountrypark.co.uk