Work out with kids in playground Playnasium

February 21, 2017 by  

The opportunity for parents to play with their kids while also working out has been launched for the first time in Australia in the City of Casey.

The YMCA Playnasium equipment was implemented for the benefit of residents in Narre Warren, Berwick and surrounding areas recently with the first session held at Berwick’s Wilson Botanic Park.

Booklet printing that highlights the importance of working out and fitness has been widespread across the nation and, according to Deakin University’s Associate Professor at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Kylie Hesketh, the Playnasium equipment is set to take great steps towards tackling childhood obesity.

She said research has indicated that active parents are more likely to have kids who are also more active.

The new equipment, which uses kids as counterweights, allows parents and children to work on their fitness levels together while bonding and having fun.

Hesketh said there are many benefits to people’s health and wellbeing associated with being active together.

She said the level of child obesity across the nation is rising, with a quarter of all children classified as obese or overweight. By 2025, this figure is expected to rise to one in three.

According to YMCA Victoria Chief Executive Peter Burns, the Playnasium will be able to alleviate the difficulties many parents have in getting to the gym regularly.

Instead, he said, it will provide an ideal opportunity to combine the benefits of a playground and the gym in one easy session.