Adult playground

ADULT PLAYGROUNDS

Some people may not know what adult playgrounds are so let me explain. They are public spaces, normally in plazas or parks, often right adjacent to a children's playground, with outdoor fitness equipment sized for adults. The equipment is often made out of heavy tubular steel and offers a way to do simple exercises to counter our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and to keep large masses of aging populations more healthy. Adult playgrounds are a great idea.

We have seen some in Japan, lots and lots of them in Rio and now also in Spain. Part of the fun is to go to one and try to figure out what an earth one is meant to with each contraption. Here are some pics from our picnic to a tiny place called Zahara del Sierra - we were on our way to Lili's riding lesson and stopped at this playground for some snacks.

And then it ended up being an hour of hilarious tomfoolery.... 

 

Some equipment is simple - it only does one thing like this sideways swingy-thing. 

Some equipment is simple - it only does one thing like this sideways swingy-thing. 

And everyone knows what to do with monkey bars, right? 

And everyone knows what to do with monkey bars, right? 

But what about this mysterious thing? What is one to do with it??? 

But what about this mysterious thing? What is one to do with it??? 

You can practice balancing of course. 

You can practice balancing of course. 

Or easy backbends. 

Or easy backbends. 

How about leg stretches? 

How about leg stretches? 

...or any kind of yoga related stuff? 

...or any kind of yoga related stuff? 

But we think Dante had the best ideas. You can practisse running. Like running in place. 

But we think Dante had the best ideas. You can practisse running. Like running in place. 

Or you can see if the  loops stretch (or if the sky is going to fall). 

Or you can see if the  loops stretch (or if the sky is going to fall). 

Or squatting. (Lili called this something else though). 

Or squatting. (Lili called this something else though). 

But we all thought the Superman pose was the best! 

But we all thought the Superman pose was the best!