Blundellsands Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett says newly inst

Veronica Bennett at the new outdoor gym in Blundellsands

 

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett said local people have no excuse not to get fit and healthy this summer thanks to the installation of a new outdoor gym.

Eight new pieces of keep-fit equipment have been installed at the Blundellsands waterfront near to the coastguard station.

The former Sefton PCT Health Inequalities Investment Fund paid for the new equipment, together with 27 sites across the borough.

Cllr Bennett said she was impressed by the new equipment.

Cllr Bennett said: "I am really please with the new outdoor gym equipment. Residents who I have spoken to have all said they really like them.

"I already regularly attend a gym, but I will definitely be adding this to my exercise regime. The outdoor gym gives people the chance to use keep fit equipment without having to pay the expensive fees of a regular gym.

"So I am delighted with the outdoor gym. They are even better than I originally thought. There's a greater variety of items than I thought and there really is no excuse now not to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, our fabulous coastline and get fit."

Cllr Bennett said the equipment is easy to use and is encouraging people of all ages to give them a go.

Cllr Bennett said: "The great thing about the outdoor gym, is that it has been designed for old and young alike. If you've never been into a gym before in your life, you can give it a go.

"There's an information board that tells you a little bit of information about each piece, but they really are easy to use.

"Sefton Council has now taken on responsibility for public health and I look forward to working with the team on keep fit initiatives in Blundellsands, Crosby and the whole of Sefton. I am sure the new outdoor gym equipment can be incorporated into some healthy initiatives in the future.

"We all know about the problem of childhood obesity and health inequality. So as well as keeping older people active, this new equipment could go some way to tackling that problem.

"It's about getting people away from in front of their TVs or away from their games consoles out into the fresh air and exercising. This equipment is a good way of doing that.

"They are definitely going to become part of my keep fit routine."