21.6.09

Outdoor gym - lessons from Ibiza

One of the first things I noticed when I came to Ottawa is that it seems like a lot of people take care of themselves: They jog, walk, cycle, roller skate, etc. I was walking along a bike path next to the Ottawa river a while back and I saw soo many people doing their exercise. I though that was neat.

Ottawa cyclist

It seems like staying in shape is something the locals in Ibiza have in common with the locals in Ottawa. While there, I noticed that there was a training circuit,"Circuito en forma", designed near the houses and condos of the town to get people in shape , with 20something stations describing various exercises to do at that station.


There was also an outdoor gym, which I though was a great idea for Ottawa. Of course here in Ottawa, we would not be able to use it the whole year because of winter, but how is that different than kids' playground anyway? There was all sorts of machines with instructions on how to use each of them. People used the machine at various time of the day and night. I think something like this would be a nice and original (at least in Canada) addition to the street furniture in Ottawa.

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3 comments:

  1. I love biking on the bike paths here. My favourite route is a big loop down to the river, along the river to Parliament Hill, along the canal, through the Experimental Farm, and back home.

    It's great that they close the Parkway on Sunday mornings for walkers & joggers & bikers & roller bladers. I find Ottawa is a sports/athletics-oriented city.

    The workout stations in Ibiza are a wonderful idea. Something similar along the paths in Ottawa would definitely work.

    You need to get a job with the city and put all your great ideas into effect!!

    Kelly

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  2. LOL! That would be fun. Maybe one day...

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  3. There are workout stations along various paths in Nepean. Not completely unknown in Ottawa...

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