Factors Having Influence on The Kaunas City Residents Choice to Have Active Leisure Time in Outdoor Fitness Sites
Research results analysed and systematized in the paper identified factors that influenced the choice of fitness outdoor equipment in Kaunas city. Factors influencing the choice of fitness outdoor equipment were analysed in order to identify the measures that stimulate people to spend active leisure time in outdoor fitness sites. The latest scientific research results systematised (Horká, Hromádka, 2010; Bell et al., 2007; Tekin, 2004; Deborah et al., 2007; Rosenberger, Bergerson, Kline, 2009); Godbey, Mowen, 2010; Walker, 2004; Pigram, Jenkins, 2006) allow formulating new research topics for the promotion of active outdoor fitness. The object of the survey was the factors that influence the choice of outdoor fitness equipment at leisure time. The aim of the survey was to identify the factors that influence the choice of Kaunas City residents to spend leisure time at outdoor fitness sites. Research objectives: 1. To investigate the possibilities of outdoor fitness equipment use. 2. To identify the factors that encourage Kaunas city residents to exercise in the fresh air with outdoor fitness equipment. Research methods applied were analysis of the scientific literature, questionnaire survey, and descriptive statistics. Research results. The research revealed that sport in the open air with outdoor fitness equipment is an attractive form for active leisure time. It is believed that one of the main factors of the choice that promotes to choose outdoor fitness equipment is a free service, quiet environment, a variety of outdoor fitness equipment and a favourable geographical location of the site. Performance factors as opportunity to spend active leisure in nature, better quality of sleep, finding new friends, training of will and endurance, extension of the energy, removing stress and body shape improvement also determine the choice to have sport in the fresh air.
Keywords: active leisure, outdoor fitness equipment, city parks.