Not only does Zoo Lake’s green gym give visitors the opportunity to sweat off those extra kilos, it also offers a space to relax outdoors with family and friends. After your workout, take a stroll through the park, check out the Coronation Fountain or enjoy a picnic. Why not take the family on a leisurely boat ride?
Details: 011 483 1017 / Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and Lower Park Drive, Parkview / Find more information here.
If you’re looking for a little peace, relaxation and, of course, exercise, Mushroom Farm Park is just the place. Green Outdoor Gyms has set up a number of park gyms to give the public access to fitness equipment without the cost. Mushroom Farm Park is one of their signature sites. Go and check out what equipment they have ready for you.
Details: Corner Daisy & Linden Street, Sandown, Sandton / Find more information here.
The inner city isn’t all about traffic jams, home affairs and sidewalk traders anymore. There is now a Green Outdoor Gym at Metro Park! Fitness fanatics can expect to find weight machines, steppers, stationary bikes and much more. In the middle of the CBD’s hype, this is a lovely spot to get out of the office for a few minutes and enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
Details: South of Mandela Bridge, corner Ntembi Peliso and Carr Street, Newtown, Joburg CBD / Find more information here.
Soweto is happening. So it’s no surprise that Green Outdoor Gyms has spread its fitness wings to Protea Glen Park. No matter which muscle group you’re looking to tone or your level of workout intensity, there will be a piece of equipment to get the job done.
Details: Kunene Street, Soweto / Find more information here.
Diepsloot Park was renovated in 2008. It now sports swings, slides and roundabouts to keep the little ones entertained. They also boast a mini-soccer field for footie fans and a free outdoor gym. So, whether you’re looking to enjoy a fun day or break a sweat at the outdoor gym, Diepsloot is just the place. There is 24 hour security.
Details: N14 Highway, Diepsloot, Johannesburg / Find more information here.
George Hay Park is a popular outdoor space used for numerous events throughout the year, including yoga in the park, Halloween fun and Valentine’s Day activities. To add to the options, they have installed an outdoor gym for public use. No membership fees; no being cooped up indoors. It’s a double win.
Details: Westmeath Road, Parkview, Randburg, Johannesburg / Find more information here.
Petrus Molefe Eco Park – Soweto
Another spot that offers a free green gym to Soweto residents is the Petrus Molefe Eco Park. Young and old can take advantage of great equipment and turn a half hour into a health-charged activity. You will get to socialise with fellow fitness boffs. Share your tips and pick up some pointers that will help you in your health journey.
Address: Mokwhene Street, Dhlamini, Soweto / Find more information here.
Steyn City – Midrand
Connecting Lanseria to Fourways, and Midrand to Broadacres, Steyn City is another signature site that boasts a Green Outdoor Gym. There are nine workout stations that are spaced out over 1,2km, each sporting six different types of equipment to ensure that you get the best out of your workout. From arm and legwork to cardio and strength, you’re sure to get a balanced workout.
Now that you’ve found your closest outdoor gym, it’s time to pick the perfect app to help you shed those last few kilos. We’ve got Fitness & Health Apps and Meditation Apps to get you on the right track. Just remember, it takes consistency and patience. Keep going and you’ll get the results you want. Good luck, guys.
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