BRENTWOOD -- Hit the trail with your smartphone and you can get more than a little hiking in with a new fitness program at three Brentwood parks. The program uses a QR code system and videos that offer quick workouts for working core, lower body, upper body and improving body flexibility.
Brentwood is the first Northern California city to offer the nationally run QR Fit Trails program that uses a smartphone app, kicking it off at Creekside Park, Oak Meadow Park and Miwok Trail.
"QR stands for Quick Response, and if you're not familiar with them, they are typically the black and white square codes you see popping up everywhere," Poldina Scherff, Brentwood recreation manager, said. "Smartphones can read these codes and furnish the user with a variety of information or videos."
The program allows hikers to complete the fitness program at their own pace. After scanning the QR code into the phone application, hikers are directed to videos recorded by certified fitness instructors who direct the watcher into free, guided exercises that are updated every month to maintain variety and user interest. People of all fitness levels can take part, and no other equipment is needed for the workouts.
Scherff said the program is color-coded. "The QR Fit Stations provide a color that corresponds with each of the workouts," she said. "Each color represents an exercise that corresponds to a type of body workout. Red equals core body, green equals flexibility, brown equals lower body and blue equals upper body, and they are available at all three of our locations."
The technology in the program also allows the city to keep statistics about how many people are using it and which videos the community is using most.
Scherff said that members of the city's Parks and Recreation Department attended a conference of the National Recreation and Parks Association where QR F.I.T. Trails were in attendance and thought that this would be something that local residents would be interested in.
"The hope is that the community will take advantage and utilize this new system to enhance their fitness," she said. "It is a part of our commitment for a healthier community as a Playful City and 'Let's Move!' member.
"These three locations will provide new experiences for your normal daily fitness activities."
"Let's Move!" is an initiative by first lady Michelle Obama to address obesity within a generation by encouraging people to keep moving to stay healthy.