Ireland's first outdoor gym for older people has been officially opened by President Mary McAleese.

The Tone Zone, in Dunsaughlin Park Co Meath, came about following a visit by Mrs McAleese to China in 2003.

During her visit President McAleese was so impressed with the concept of outdoor gyms for older people that she took the idea home with her.

The gym has nine pieces of specialist equipment with energetic names that include the riser, the pusher and the strider.

Each piece is designed to improve joint mobility, muscle strength and to increase the overall activity levels of older people.

The project was developed by Meath County Council in conjunction with the Third Age Centre in Summerhill

Already there are plans for similar facilities in other parts of Meath Kildare and Wicklow.