Exercising is extremely beneficial to your health but having access to appropriate equipment can sometimes be a challenge. For this reason, The City of Toronto is promising it will consider senior-friendly outdoor fitness equipment when designing and refurbishing outdoor parks.
Appropriate seating is another very important aspect for seniors who tire more easily and need places to rest. Modern benches come in all shapes and sizes but sometimes a traditional bench, that’s not too low and provides both back support and armrests, is truly what’s needed.
As a result, one of the actions of the 2013 strategy was installing 500 benches, with a focus on parks in areas frequented by seniors. Seniors are at a greater risk of dehydration, and sensitivity to light increases with age so the glare of sunlight on shiny surfaces is often uncomfortable when spending time outside. The shelter and shade of trees address both issues, which is why an increase of tree cover is also part of the development plan for urban parks.
What are the benefits?
Parks aren’t simply a place with trees, grass and equipment; they offer us many other advantages. Social isolation is another well-known issue for seniors, but these parks represent us with an opportunity to connect with neighbours by supporting and facilitating social interaction.
Toronto offers outdoor exercise stations in five locations and will continue to implement the new considerations in future, to make it easier for us to enjoy facilities like the outdoor elliptical machines and other exercise apparatus.
The City Council adopted the strategy to facilitate development in 2013 and by 2016, 99 percent of the recommendations have already been implemented. If you’d like more information on the locations of outdoor exercise parks, you can find them by clicking here.