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Get your dose of Vitamin Sea at this gym on the beach in Kannur

Think Change India
8th Aug 2018
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District Collector of Kannur Mir Mohammed Ali launches India’s first beachside gym to motivate people to work on their fitness.

Photos courtesy @mir19in

What’s the first thing you think of when fitness comes to your mind? Gym, joggers’ parks, Zumba classes? But fitness has gotten a new destination in Kannur - India’s first open gym on the beach.

Flagged off by Mir Mohammed Ali, the District Collector of Kannur, and a self-professed “aquaphile”, Kannur’s Payyambalam beach shows off an open-air gym that’s on the seashore – barely 150 meters from the briny blue!

Called The Amphibian - Where Man Meets Sea, the project was recently inaugurated by State Minister of Ports Ramachandran Kadanapally, who gamely tried his hands at one of the activities.

In a tweet, Mir said: "Introducing #TheAmphibian to Payyambalam Beach. An open gym right there, facing the waves, barely 150m from the sea, where you can work out any time of the day."

Payyambalam is reportedly the first beach in India to introduce a gym to motivate people to take to fitness when they are out for a walk by the seaside. Everyone knows the advantages of working out, but few people realise that working out in the open can be better for their health - and their pocket. Countless studies have associated outdoor exercise with increased energy and revitalisation, and with a drop in anger, depression, and tension, as compared to exercising indoors.

The secluded Payyambalam beach is a major draw for people, especially when it comes to relaxing in a tranquil setting or enjoying a picnic with family and friends. According to a report in the Better India, the beach also offers interesting options for adventure lovers.

Apart from the regular workout equipment for adults, this beachside gym also has a special section for children. Kids can work on their fitness and also try scaling the mini rock-climbing wall – a huge hit with the younger lot!

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