Open Gyms, A boon to Delhi’s heart

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Twenty-five-year-old Prashansha Singh a chartered accountant never misses her morning routine at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel park in East Delhi after the establishment of an open gym in Mayur Vihar Phase 3.

Aspiring for a perfect figure now she can fulfill her dream after the opening of the gyms in the sprawling gardens of 264 parks in East Delhi in areas like Pandavnagar, Kalyanpuri, Kichripur, Mayur Vihar Ph 1, 2 and 3.

“I wanted to stay fit but my workout was limited to walking and jogging. I always wanted to add strength training to my regimen and this is a great and innovative step,” Singh said. Built over an area of 1,000 square meters, the gyms have been set up in 16 parks, including the popular Smriti Van by the NDMC under its “Go Green, Open Gym,” project.

Painted in bright shades of yellow, green each gym has 12 apparatuses. They are non-electrical and also includes a cross trainer and abs and leg sharpers. Each gym has been set has an estimated cost of Rs.6 lakh. Astonishingly, middle-aged men and women, as well as senior citizens, are equally enthusiastic as the youngsters.

According to Vikas Rai, 52, who has been coming to Kanshi Ram Park for his walks since a decade, the new gyms are a boon for the elderly as not everybody can afford high fees gymnasium.

According to the first International Representative Study Boston, estimated the rates of diabetes and hypertension are high among middle-aged and elderly people across India is increasing tremendously. Along with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country’s population its necessary to awaken health consciousness among the natives.

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