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The M.N. Krishna Rao Park aims to improve fitness levels of senior citizens

Fitness first:Senior Citizens using the newly installed exercise equipment at M.N. Krishna Rao Park in Bangalore on Thursday. —Photo: Saurav Kumar
Fitness first:Senior Citizens using the newly installed exercise equipment at M.N. Krishna Rao Park in Bangalore on Thursday. —Photo: Saurav Kumar

The M.N. Krishna Rao Park in Basavanagudi, one of the well-maintained parks in south Bangalore, witnessed the inauguration of special exercise equipment for senior citizens on Thursday.

Aimed at improving fitness levels among the elderly, the installation of the equipment was a first in the country, said N. Girish, Additional Professor, NIMHANS. The equipment includes shoulder wheel, pulley and steps, which stretch and relieve tautness in the shoulder, neck and upper back muscles as well as hip joints and thigh muscles.

Akbar Sharif (86), a local resident and one of the oldest walkers in the park, said: “It is ideally suited for our generation as with the support of these facilities, the workout becomes easier. I will now spend more time on these and exercise more.”

The public health initiative titled ‘Senior Citizen Zone and Walking Programme’ was put together by the Centre for Public Health, NIMHANS, and the Geriatric Clinic and Services, NIMHANS, in collaboration with the Walkers’ Group of M.N. Krishna Rao Park and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, with the support of Helpage India.

“It is not the money that matters, but the usage of the facilities provided. This is an effort to bring the ‘club’ to the people,” said B.N. Chandrashekhar, Chairman, Walker’s group.

According to him, several other programmes have been conducted in this park in the past, which includes free medical check-up and cultural events.

Though there have been many parks established in the city, few have good facilities, the walkers said. Most agreed that some amount of initiative from local residents can go a long way in improving facilities at parks.

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