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Love Your Park with affordable fitness at improved John Ray Park Fitness Trail

Children holding love your park sign

Residents of Braintree will be treated to a new fitness trail, providing opportunities for free, fun, physical activity workouts. The equipment will provide residents with an affordable option to exercise outdoors.

The NHS recommends that to stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises, ranging from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis. The fitness trail includes overhead rings, dip bars, a pull-up station, balance boards and beam, angled stride jumps and tyre steps to help strengthen bones and muscles.

In time for ‘Love Parks’ week the work is now complete and was carried out as part of the improvements to John Ray Park, complementing the new cycle way.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health & Communities at Braintree Council said: “The Council is investing in fitness equipment and open spaces to provide families with opportunities to enjoy fitness time together whilst having fun. It has been recommended that we get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week to help keep us healthy and now John Ray Park provides an activity for everyone. Exercise doesn’t have to cost a thing so why not use these new facilities to get active outdoors.”

The council will be offering six free training sessions to introduce residents to the fitness equipment newly installed in the John Ray Park. For information on dates and times of these sessions visit the Livewell Campaign website.