PUPILS at Monk’s Technology College in louth can now combine their social with keeping in shape thanks to the benefit of new outdoor gym equipment.
Staff at the school, knowing that exercising in fresh air can burn up to 30 per cent more calories than the same workout inside, have invested £2,000 in the new outdoor equipment free for the pupils to use during their free time.
Vice Principal, Ros Webber-Jones said: “Our young people love to socialise, and this give them the chance to meet and exercise at the same time.
“Sport England has found that the two main reasons people avoid exercise are because of the cost and because gyms are sometimes hard to get to.
“We’ve knocked both these problems on the head and the children are delighted.”
Year 10 pupil, Emma Jones said: “It’s great having the outdoor gym equipment, it allows you just to do an extra five minutes of exercise in a really fun and social way.
“I like that the college has bought the equipment for us.”
Fellow pupil, Chris Higgs also year 10 added: “It’s a good thing to be able to do at break and lunch time. I tend to chat with my mates when using the equipment and never really think that you’re getting more exercise in.”
Monks’ Dyke also has an indoor fitness suite used by all year groups for PE lessons and during lunchtimes.
It’s kitted out with spinning bikes, concept 2 rowing machines, and resistanace and free weights.
PE staff also plan a training programme with individual students.