Promoting Mental Health with Outdoor Fitness Equipment in Behavioral Health Facilities

Going to the gym is a great way to stay in shape, but that’s not all it’s about. Working out is also a great way for people to boost their mental health, which is a crucial part of overall health and wellness. Exercising while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air is a perfect addition to any daily routine, and outdoor fitness equipment from TriActive USA makes it easy for people at behavioral health facilities to get a daily workout. If you run a behavioral health facility, here’s how outdoor fitness equipment can help you promote mental health.

Staying Busy

From behavioral health facilities to elderly homes, people have a tough time staying busy when they feel cooped up. When people don’t have anything to keep them busy, it can take a serious toll on their mental health.

Adding outdoor fitness equipment to your behavioral health facility gives everyone another activity to stay busy with. As long as there’s a recumbent bike or rowing machine available, people can work out to pass the time. We even offer outdoor cardio machines for people who want to lose weight or increase their endurance. TriActive USA has a huge selection of equipment you can use to set up an outdoor gym for everyone at your behavioral health facility.

Exercise and Mental Health

Exercising is a key part of staying physically fit, but it also plays a major role when it comes to mental health. Physical activity boosts your endorphins, which have a strong effect on your mood. Increased endorphin levels can help people manage pain and stress while elevating their mood.

Getting about 30 minutes of exercise a day can help people at behavioral health facilities produce more endorphins to better regulate their moods. Exercising can even help people feel sharper and remember things better. Plus, it’s easier to get a good night’s sleep after a busy day with at least 30 minutes of exercise. 

With our outdoor fitness equipment, you can give everyone an opportunity to exercise on a daily basis.

Sunshine and Vitamin D

Working out in an indoor gym is also good for mental health, but it’s hard to compare indoor workouts to working out in nature. The biggest difference between indoor and outdoor fitness equipment is the sunshine. When you create an outdoor gym for residents, they can enjoy the sunshine while they’re working out.

The UV rays from the sun are used to produce vitamin D in the body, which is the main source of vitamin D. This vitamin plays a crucial role in both physical and mental health. People who don’t get enough vitamin D may experience depression-like symptoms, which is why some people take supplements or use SAD lamps. With outdoor fitness equipment from TriActive USA, everyone can enjoy some sunshine and fresh air while they work out.


People often have a tough time socializing when they’re in a place filled with people they don’t know. Socializing is a big part of mental health, and setting up an outdoor gym at your behavioral health facility gives everyone an excuse to socialize.

Working out is a great opportunity for residents to socialize, even if they don’t know each other. People can share workout tips and show each other new ways to work out, or they can compete to see who can do the most reps. You can even add more equipment to your outdoor gym as time goes on, so you can build a social hotspot that’s equipped to handle dozens of residents at once.

Creating a Routine

Having a routine is a helpful tool for residents who want to stay busy and on track to reach their goals. With outdoor gym equipment, you can offer residents a healthy activity to add to their daily routines, so everyone can stay busy and have something to look forward to each day.

As more people make working out a part of their daily routines, you can add to your gym to make sure there’s enough equipment to go around. You can even add new equipment, like a pull-up and dip station or a leg press machine.

Structure is an important part of life for people who struggle with behavioral health, and an outdoor gym is an excellent way to make sure people have a little structure in their lives.


Self-esteem is a key part of mental health, but it can be hard for people to feel confident when they’re out of shape. Even worse, it’s tough to stay in shape at a behavioral health facility with no gym. Adding outdoor fitness equipment to your behavioral health facility gives everyone a chance to get in shape and enjoy the self-esteem that comes with physical health. When you couple that self-esteem with the other mood-boosting benefits of working out, you can really help people look and feel better with an outdoor gym.

Having a daily workout routine can also give people a sense of purpose, which is essential in life. When you provide your residents with all the equipment they need to stay fit, you’ll be surprised how many people decide to start working out.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Fitness Equipment

We know how hard it can be for residents to stay busy in behavioral health facilities. For people who like to work out and stay physically fit, transitioning to a facility without a gym can be a harsh reality. The good news is that it’s easy to upgrade your behavioral health facility with outdoor equipment.

Outdoor fitness equipment from TriActive USA is designed to stand the test of time, even in areas with harsh weather. With everything from multi-gyms and exercise bikes to leg press machines and plyo boxes, we make it easy for you to build a fully equipped outdoor gym for your behavioral health facility. If you want to learn more about our outdoor fitness equipment and how you can set up your own outdoor gym, contact TriActive USA today.