University of Newcastle study looking for recruits to get active

GET MOVING: The study, called ecofit, involves aerobic and resistance (weight-bearing) training for a full-body workout.
GET MOVING: The study, called ecofit, involves aerobic and resistance (weight-bearing) training for a full-body workout.

A new nationally funded trial that combines smartphone technology with park-based fitness regimes is looking for recruits across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie in a bit to encourage outdoor exercise within the community.

University of Newcastle is conducting the trial in partnership with Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils. The study, called ecofit, involves aerobic and resistance (weight-bearing) training for a full-body workout that's fast, fun and free for anyone aged 18-80 who isn't meeting physical activity guidelines.

A purpose-built app will guide participants through correct usage of outdoor gym equipment located in seven public parks and trails across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Participants must be willing to complete at least two self-guided sessions per week during the 12-week program, taking an estimated 30 minutes each. Individuals or groups of up to four people can enrol.

To enrol, email ecofit@newcastle.edu.au.

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