BTCV's Green Gyms For Fresh Air Fitness
The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers offers a gym with a difference, erm, it's not a gym, more of a conservation-based outdoor workout. Nice...
Posted: 24 August 2004
There's a bit of a 'big up' for the British Trust For Conservation
Volunteers 'Green Gym' concept in today's Guardian which is
definitely worth a look.
It's a cunning ruse by BTCV, a charitable body which organises
conservation projects like footpath and dry stone wall restoration
and the clearing of inappropriate shrubbery. The idea behind the
'Green Gym' is to appeal to people who want to exercise and improve
their fitness but would rather do it outdoors than in some
air-conditioned. MTV-infested, mechanised torture chamber.
There are 50 'Green Gym' groups across the country, all free to
join and a good way of both meeting like-minded, or even
conservation-minded, folk and in the process, putting something back
into the outdoors. If you're scoffing a bit at this, I can tell you,
on the basis of once having spent a week near Dow Crag restoring a
foot path with huge slabs of rock, it's anything but easy and
activities like digging, rock shifting and moving barrowloads of soil
around really do give you a proper workout.
Just as significantly, many of them will recruit big muscle groups
to work together in a way which gym machines, designed to isolate
particular muscles, often don't. You can read the Guardian
article at www.guardian.co.uk.
For more details about BTCV see www.btcv.org
where you can find detailed information about Green Gyms under the
'special projects' heading.
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