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Swinging on the Traveling Rings is Healthful Fun for the Whole Family!
Traveling rings are
unique physical fitness equipment that provide enjoyable and challenging
exercise for the whole body. Outdoors, the free-standing apparatus consists of support
posts and a top beam from which 8-10 rings, spaced 7-8 feet apart, hang
on swivel chains 6-7 feet above the ground. In a gymnasium or other indoor setting the rings are hung from a beam with the number and distance between them dependent upon the space. Rings enthusiasts (ringers) "travel" from
one ring to the next by using their arms, legs, and trunk to build momentum.
The swivels enable them to perform spins, flips, and other creative techniques.
"I cannot believe how much the children enjoy doing this. I hope that we can encourage other schools to follow suit. I have always believed that gym lessons should be fun and when a child enjoys gym they will pursue these experiences in the future and subsequently a healthy lifestyle." Paul Janaway, Physical Education Instructor, The Henry Barnard School, Providence, RIHow to Get There
The NYC traveling rings are located in Riverside Park's lower level active recreation area (Hudson Beach) at 105th Street, between the Hudson Beach Café and the Henry Hudson Parkway. Access to the Park is at 103rd Street and Riverside Drive. The closest subway is the #1, which stops two blocks east, at Broadway and 103rd Street.
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