FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2013
DEP LAUNCHES PINTEREST FLORIDA PARK FIT BOARD
state parks offer outdoor area for recreation and fitness activities ~
Rowing machines do not have views like this. Get out and add some vistas to your workout.
TALLAHASSEE – Bored with your regular workout? Tired of pricey gym fees, crowded workout rooms and sweaty equipment? Change up your fitness routine by venturing into a Florida State Park!
out the Florida Park Service’s newly launched Florida Park Fit Pinterest
board, which provides
residents and visitors with tips and locations to get out of the gym and
into a park. The Florida Park Fit board is a perfect way to discover new
exercise methods and ideas to change up your diet and fitness regimen.
Rather than staring at a treadmill in a crowded gym, you could be
outside seeing interesting plants and rare wildlife, while burning
calories and enjoying Florida's
natural spaces. With 161 parks and 10 trails statewide, chances are there is a state park nearby that offers a variety of recreational and fitness opportunities.
"Connecting with nature is
important for our sense of well being," said Florida Park Service Director
Donald Forgione. "Enjoying outside activities with family and friends is a
good way to exercise and gain fitness and have fun at the same time."
The Florida Park Fit board contains family-friendly activities, including information about playing Frisbee;
snorkeling; canoeing and kayaking; stand-up paddleboarding and bicycling. For
each activity, the Board includes pins about calories burned and
places where that activity is offered.The Florida Park Fit board also includes
tips for wellness, such as staying hydrated while you exercise and preparing healthy snacks.
Followers can expect to learn about
activities and opportunities that are new and different. For instance, the
Florida Park Fit board includes information about Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at Amelia
Island State Park in Jacksonville. Offered by park concessionaire Kayak Amelia,
this activity, which combines paddleboarding and yoga, has been very popular.
To access the board, follow @FLStateParks on Pinterest, an online tool for
collecting and organizing information. Nearly 50 million people use
Pinterest globally in their lives and work. Highlights of different activities will
be added to the Florida Park Fit Board every two weeks.
While on Pinterest, you should also follow DEP's Office of Aquatic and
Managed Areas on Pinterest (@AquaticFlorida) for photos and information about Florida's Aquatic Preserves and National Estuarine Research Reserves.