Trail designed by fitness trainer who used outdoor activity to recover from stroke
A new public outdoor fitness course has been installed in Trowbridge Park, Bath – designed by a qualified fitness trainer who used outdoor exercise to help recover from a stroke.
The Wildfit trail has been devised by Phil Walker who found exercising outdoors played a vital part in his physical and mental recovery following a brain haemorrhage.
'When I was released from hospital and still finding my feet after being paralysed, I felt trapped in a world of depression, negativity and anger,' he sadi. 'Despite being prescribed medication to improve my mental wellbeing, I found the most effective treatment was simply being active outdoors. I set about putting together my own rehabilitation programme.
'My focus switched from being in the gym to being outside, in the garden, in the local fields, on country lanes, in woodland, on dirt tracks, using walls, benches, rocks and trees as the foundations of my programme.'
Phil worked with local environmental consultancy Johns Associates to devise the Wildfit trail. The idea was to create outdoor activity courses that would be attractive to those of all fitness levels and goals, and also use the benefits of an attractive landscape to aid mental wellbeing. He hopes to install more bespoke Wildfit trails in other outdoor spaces.
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