I recently read a story that makes me feel like there is still hope for exercise in America.
The Department of Parks and Recreation for Druid Hill Park (Baltimore) spent about $50,000 on the three workout stations (with ellipticals, leg presses, rowing machines, etc.) set about a quarter of a mile apart on the pathway along the reservoir. All the machines are manually operated, and weight cannot be added or removed. How cool is that? The best part? It's free.
The concept of free access to exercise equipment is something every city should adopt, especially with the growing rate of obesity. This way everyone, regardless of economic status, can have access to resistance and cardio equipment. Also, it gives options for those who would enjoy the machines, but can't stand the gym atmosphere.
I'm going to start drafting my letter to the mayor tonight...
Oh, and if you're thinking Druid Hill Park, is that where the name of the R&B group Dru Hill comes from? You're absolutely right.