Outdoor exercise equipment unveiled at Muscat parks

Muscat: As part of the efforts to encourage physical activity in Oman, Muscat Municipality has installed sports and exercise equipment for public use in four locations across Muscat.

The four locations are Al Buhaira Park in Ghubra, Al Azaiba Park and two locations at Qurm Beach.

Oman recently observed for the first time the Oman Physical Activity Day and the spectrum of activities on the significance of practicing physical activities as daily basis, in addition to physical activity traditional sports.

Notably, children and adolescents should get 60 minutes of physical activity daily while adults should practice for half an hour in order to enhance their health and protect themselves from chronic diseases.

Physical inactivity is the fourth major risk for premature deaths worldwide, causing 3.2 million deaths every year, Dr Huda bint Khalfan al Siyabiyah, Ministry of Health’s Director of Social Initiatives, said recently.

Speaking at the celebration of Oman Physical Activity Day, Dr Al Siyabiyah said that regular exercise improves health of organs such as heart, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems, muscles, joints and bones, as well as mental health. The day coincides with the World Walking Day, which is celebrated around the world this month.