10 Things We Want to See in Adult Playgrounds

Outdoor Gym Equipment
Outdoor workout equipment has to be designed to withstand the elements, and while it doesn't always look like indoor equipment, the functions are the same. ŠiStockphoto/Thinkstock

According to a recent survey by the American Heart Association, downturns in the economy affect our physical health, and our ability to go to the gym. In 2008 and 2009, gym membership cancellations were high and new gym memberships were on the decline -- all due to Americans tightening their budgets [source: IBISWorld].

Outdoor gym equipment at your local adult playground, on the other hand, is free to use -- no membership required. Workout areas designed for exterior spaces should typically include the kind of fitness equipment you expect at an indoor, membership-only gym: benches, leg press and leg curl machines, recumbent and stationary bikes -- even treadmills designed for outdoor use.