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Physical activity spaces

Physical activity spaces


To promote physical activity through complimentary access to on-site indoor and local outdoor physical activity spaces.


In the U.S., the presence of both indoor and outdoor physical activity facilities within a census-block group is associated with an increased likelihood of performing five or more bouts of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, and is linked to a lower risk of being overweight. In addition, buildings that contain an interior fitness space incentivize occupants to engage in regular exercise routines and allow a variety of exercise activities, including low-impact exercises like yoga or Pilates, or more intense activities such as aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise.

Part 1
Site Space Designation for Offices

Spaces with more than 10 regular occupants provide complimentary access to the following:
Dedicated exercise space that is at least 18.6 m² [200 ft²] plus 0.1 m² [1 ft²] per regular building occupant, up to a maximum of 370 m² [4,000 ft²].

Part 2
External Exercise Spaces

At least one of the following spaces is within 0.8 km [0.5 mi] walking distance of the main building entrance with complimentary access:
A green space or park with playground features.
A workout station or fitness zone.
A trail network.
An accessible body of water or public swimming pool.
A gym, fitness or training center.
A recreational field.

Part 3
Physical Activity Spaces for Schools

One of the following requirements are met:
Physical activity facilities in the form of a gymnasium or playing field must be provided on-site.
Free, direct pedestrian access to gymnasiums, playing fields or swimming pools through a shared facilities agreement or a similar arrangement.