Staying active is important and essential for people of all ages in every walk of life. Although the human body changes over time, from the early days of youth to the twilight years, consistent exercise is beneficial for every stage. With that said, it may not always come as easily during in every season of life, for a variety of reasons.
One of the biggest constraints to exercise is lifestyle. Sometimes people are too busy with work or family responsibilities. At other times they may feel isolated and lacking camaraderie. None of these should halt fitness, yet often times they do just that.
Older individuals and those in retirement can often face difficult adjustments to new routines and habits. One provision to help ameliorate this dilemma are outdoor facilities. After opening the first ever AARP outdoor fitness park in Florida earlier this year, the Association intends to have at least one park opened in each state in the U.S., according to an article this week from The Register-Mail.
Story author Melissa Erickson outlined the details of the announcement, writing:
The intergenerational appeal of AARP’s new fitness parks are sure to make them a big hit in communities across America, said Morie P. Smile, vice president of the Office of Community Engagement at AARP.
To celebrate AARP’s 60th anniversary, the organization is building and donating branded fitness parks in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in conjunction with national nonprofit FitLot. The project will be completed by 2021.
“We’re excited to honor AARP’s 60 years of service by offering a new way to stay healthy to local communities,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP.
So far this year, launches have been held in St. Petersburg; Bangor, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Newport, Rhode Island. August launches are scheduled for Buffalo, New York; and Cincinnati. Illinois’ park is expected to open Sept. 20 at Lincoln Park in Springfield.
With an open floor plan and shaded by a canopy, the fitness parks will all look alike and be situated in areas where they can add the most value, in areas with high foot traffic that are not already served by something similar, Smile said.
While the age of 65 is often used to demarcate the distinction between adults and seniors, the parks in all 50 states may prove a more important figure for those looking to enjoy an outdoor workout, courtesy of AARP.
To read Erickson’s full writeup, click here.