Outdoor Gym A Hit With Residents Of Trashigang In Bhutan

The residents of Trashigang are becoming increasingly health conscious and the outdoor gym facility has been used to its fullest capacity by the public.

An outdoor gym in Thimphu. (Source: DrukAsia)


By Jigme Wangchen | Business Bhutan

It is 5:30 in the evening and the outdoor gym which lies below the road going towards the Trashigang hospital is filled with an assortment of people, young and old, who have come out for some physical exercise and fresh air.

The residents of Trashigang are becoming increasingly health conscious and the outdoor gym facility has been used to its fullest capacity by the public.


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“I just arrived here. I can’t leave now,” says 35-year-old Karma Wangmo to another person who asks for a chance on her equipment.

Karma is a housewife and a mother of one. She spends her day doing household chores.

“I came to realise that I needed to keep myself fit and healthy,” she said. “My daughter told me that I was gaining weight but now I am feeling healthier and much lighter so I will continue to exercise.”

A regular outdoor gym user, Samten Dendup said it is refreshing to exercise in the open air and he feels light and fresh throughout the day after a good work out.

More residents are becoming aware of the benefits of exercise

“It is a good sign that an increasing number of people are taking an interest in their physical and mental well-being.”

He also said that the gym allows office-goers like him to sweat it out and to keep the physique healthy.

Memay Sangay who is with his niece at the outdoor gym in the town said he wants to keep fit and other than exercising, he also gets to spend some quality time with people in the community.

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“The gym is becoming a healthy hangout for the residents and I come here every morning and evening to refresh myself.”

Children’s park and its benefits for the community

On the other side of the outdoor gym, the children’s park which is located near the Mithidrang stream is also filled with delightful squeals of children from the town. Both the open-air gym and recreational park were constructed in 2017.

“We like to play here after school and we are happy that we have a recreational park near our home,” says an 11-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, the residents are happy that a recreational park has been built for their children. One of the residents said that a proper and safe area for children to play was long overdue.

Having the park in town benefits all the residents since they do not have to worry about children playing by the roadside which raises the chances of encountering accidents.

Another resident, Norbu agreed that the park ensures the safety of the children in town.

“Since the recreational park was constructed, residents don’t have to worry about their children being hit by cars or indulging in bad activities.”

He added that though the park is not a full-fledged children’s park, it still benefits all the residents in town.


This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.


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