Free gym where only charge is electric – A new gym developed in the UK is not only good for your health but also for the environment, generating electricity when people use the equipment on site.
The Great Outdoor Gym Company say the residents using the fitness center -- located in a park in Hull, northwest England -- have so far generated 40,000 watt-hours (40 kilowatts) of power.
"We want to get people off their [sofas] and get a bit active ... more and more people are getting obese, also diabetes, heart disease, not just in Hull, but in the country," says Hull councilor, Terry Geraghty.
The prototype cost $100,000 to install and has attracted the interest of local authorities around the world, says the company.
"I think it's an excellent way to educate people about the concept of sustainability changing people's behavior without putting the 's' word in your face," says Ling Ge, a research scientist at the UK's Imperial College London.
Georgie Delaney, creative director at the company says: "We truly believe that in the western world we consume too much energy both in terms of food and electricity and what we're trying to do with the green energy gyms is give councils and communities a tool, with a facility like this, so people can actually offset their consumption of both food and electricity."