Over the last 3-5 years, campus recreation directors and administrations have looked at adding outdoor fitness equipment to benefit their students. Outdoor gyms on college campuses are becoming more common as there may be times when indoor gyms are shut down for extended periods (thanks to COVID-19 for making this a reality), and there are undeniable benefits of engaging in physical activity in the fresh air. A student can reap many benefits from sitting outdoors, let alone exercising. Therefore, it is only fitting that exercising outside will maximize a person's physical, emotional, and social health in more ways than running on a treadmill in an indoor fitness center.
Below are frequently asked questions and comments from campus recreation professionals about how to maximize the return on an outdoor gym and the benefits received by users.