Welsh Green Dragon


The Green Gym by tanyamercer

It’s that time of year again. The excesses of Christmas have caught up with us. Those jeans have either shrunk in the wash or I’ve put on an extra pound or two. Gym membership deals are posted through the letter box and everywhere you turn there’s an advert for some fabulous diet that promises you’ll lose 16lbs in 2 weeks.

But realistically, am I going to stick with the gym? Probably not. I find them incredibly dull, and lycra and me are not a good combination! Similarly, diets are always started with great vigour, but then abandoned by the end of January.

And, just when I was losing hope, I think I’ve found a way to keep fit that challenges, reinvigorates and doesn’t involve running machines or eating solely carrots for a week. Plus it helps the environment.

It’s called the green gym.

It’s a BTCV idea, which hopes to inspire people to improve both their health and the environment.

Experienced leaders guide ‘gym goers’ through a range of practical projects, giving the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors – improving strength and stamina, boosting practical skills and confidence and benefitting local green spaces.

To find out more I visited the green gym volunteers at Cymtillery Allotments.

It could just be that this is the type of gym to stick with!

Green gym volunteers

Green gym volunteers

Green gym leader Bryan Brown

Green gym leader Bryan Brown

The allotment at Cymtillery

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