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Neptune Township Brings Fitness on Your Phone to the Parks
Visit Neptune parks with your smartphone and you can get a great workout. How about enjoying this unseasonably nice weather while working out your core, your lower body, upper body and improving your flexibility too? Neptune Township Recreation and Public Works Departments recently installed QR (Quick Response) Fit Trail signs at many Neptune parks.
“Seven parks throughout the township now offer QR Fit Trail sign service,” said Kevin McMillan, Township Committee liaison to Recreation. “Technology is such a part of our lives; why not use it to get fit as well?” The parks with single QR Fit Trail Smart Boards include: Bradley Park, Division Street Park, Beverly Way, Bert Willis, Loffredo Field, the Fred Boenig Little League Fields at Jumping Brook, and Sunshine Village Park.
With QR Fit Trail signs, smartphone owners can use a free QR Code scanner of their choice, scan one of the four codes per sign, and gain access to a series of short exercise videos, hence, “Fitness on Your Phone”!
The videos show free guided exercises from a certified fitness instructor and the videos change out monthly, giving visitors a new experience all the time! People of all fitness levels can take part and no other equipment is needed for these workouts. The image above is one of the QR Fit Trail signs. The signs are constructed of durable aluminum and are 2 feet x 3 feet in size.
“Neptune Township purchased the signs with grant money through a CDC initiative to Move & Improve Neptune,” said Neptune Recreation Director Dawn Thompson, “We installed two adult fitness workout stations (in Bradley Park and Sunshine Village Park) last year (picture below), and these new QR Fit Trail signs are just another example of how we want to encourage everyone to enjoy our parks and keep moving to stay healthy.”
Sunshine Village features a Welcome station, and 5 other stations, ideal for the loop trail there. Each of the five stations has four exercises on them - one for Core Body, one for Lower Body, one for Upper Body, and one for Flexibility. The park user can go through the trail one day, following all of the exercises for Upper Body, and then come through another day, and go through the Flexibility trail all with the same signage. The single sign Fit Board (which is installed in the other 6 parks) incorporates these same 21 codes, but instead of being placed on 6 different signs, they are condensed into one larger sign for smaller parks.
Our parks are open from dawn to dusk. Have fun and get fit!!
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