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Outdoor gyms: you have seen them, but have you ever used them?

If not, why not???

Free outdoor gyms provide access to fitness equipment for people who can’t afford gym fees. They are easily accessible in communal areas in local towns and villages across West Cork: GAA centres, hospitals, secondary schools, special needs facilities, private businesses and local parks. Outdoor gyms, made up of a number of exercise machines designed for adults, are becoming more and more popular in public places across the county. They often include equipment such as a leg press, chest press, a cycling machine and cross trainers depending on the size of the location.

These outdoor gyms provide an opportunity for people who can’t afford gyms to access fitness equipment. They also offer a range of other benefits:

  • Exercise controls weight,
  • Exercise combats health conditions,
  • Exercise boosts your mood,
  • Exercise improves energy levels,
  • Exercise aids better sleep pattern,
  • Exercise in this forum is more social as it is done in a public place.

There are a number of free outdoor gyms in West Cork for you to avail of:

  • Bantry
  • Skibbereen
  • Ballyvourney
  • Dunmanway
  • Drinagh
  • Schull
  • Aughadown
  • Durrus

You can access information about free outdoor gyms in your locality on www.outfit.ie

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