New technology installed along the trail at Waterworks Prairie Park earlier this year provides yet another way to exercise and improve your fitness outdoors -- with your smartphone! Now, in addition to walking the park's trails through the 200-acre prairie, park users will be able to expand their exercise routine with the use of the QR F.I.T. Trail system.
Using a smartphone with a camera and a QR code reader that's available free of charge from your phone's app store, users can access videos at each of the QR F.I.T. signs posted within the park for exercises that can be completed right on the trail. No additional fitness equipment is necessary.
Each sign, posted at quarter-mile intervals, provides four different fitness routines, coded by color: red offers core body workouts, while blue focuses on upper body workouts, brown on lower body workouts and green on flexibility exercises. In addition, each exercise offers three different skill levels to accommodate all users: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The exercises at each station take approximately one to two minutes to complete. Workouts are changed monthly to add variety to exercise regimens.
Iowa City's QR F.I.T. program, which is believed to be the only one currently installed in Iowa, was purchased through a donation from the Wellmark 3-Point Play Program. This program works with university and college communities to award funds to local recreation programs based on the number of three-point shots and field goals successfully completed by the men's and women's college basketball and football teams. (Go Hawkeyes!)
Waterworks Prairie Park, established in 2003, is the largest urban prairie in the state of Iowa, and is located adjacent to the City's water plant near the intersection of I-80 and North Dubuque Street. In addition to the spectacular rural scenery it provides of ponds, wetlands, and native prairie, it is known for its many varieties of wildflowers and bird species. Additional information on the park may be found at www.icgov.org/?id=1020.
For more information on the QR F.I.T. program, visit www.qrfittrail.com or contact Chad Dyson, City of Iowa City Recreation Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-356-5102.