Inclusive Outdoor Fitness
Inclusion in outdoor fitness
Inclusion in outdoor fitness is about creating training spaces that are useful and welcoming to everybody. This is achieved by reducing barriers and including a variety of exercise opportunities so that there will be a relevant use scenario for the widest possible extent of users – disabilities or not. It is important to underline that inclusion is not about creating segregated areas for specific users but about creating a truly integrated environment. This requires insights from research, design principles, and dialogue with the actual users. KOMPAN Fitness Institute has conducted a white paper on how to work with inclusion in outdoor fitness.
Takeaways from the study
In 2019 KOMPAN Fitness Institute conducted a survey among 60 persons with mobility-related disabilities. Of the people surveyed, 88% were using a wheelchair daily.
Some of the main findings were:
92% would use an outdoor training facility if it was useful for them
69% would be motivated by equipment for the upper body
58% would be motivated by an arm bike