06 Apr '12, 1pm

Outdoor gyms fight fat in South Africa

Outdoor gyms fight fat in South Africa

PUBLIC EXERCISE: People are seen working out at new outdoor gym in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo: Alexander Joe/AFP) SOWETO, South Africa — Sweat drips down the face of a plump woman as she shuffles between exercise machines and pauses to greet passersby in Soweto's first outdoor gym, a new trend in South Africa, one of the world's fattest nations. The facility, set in a park among tiny two-bedroom homes, has caught on with many Sowetans who are determined to lose the flab without signing expensive gym contracts. Opened by the Johannesburg city council a month ago, the gym has seen the people of all ages pumping iron and swaying around in swing-like contraptions designed to target problem fat. "Joining a gym has never ever crossed my mind. But this place has made things much easier for me because it is close to my house and free," said 37-year-old Chichi Mofokeng. "I can si...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/outd...

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