Smartphone fitness hits San Diego County parks: Bring Smartphone, Read QR code, work out, get fit


From San Diego County Reports

Hit the trail with your smartphone and you can get more than a little hiking in. How about working out your core, your lower body, upper body and improving your flexibility too? The County Parks and Recreation Department kicked off QR (Quick Response) Fit Trails at 4S Ranch Sports Park July 27.

“Four parks throughout the County now offer QR Fit Trail service,” said County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. “Technology is such a pervasive part of our lives; why not use it to get fit as well?”

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. Smartphones can ‘read’ these codes and give owners information. With QR Fit Trails, smartphone owners can scan the code at each of five signs placed along fitness trails and walkways at certain County parks and gain access to a series of short exercise videos. They show free guided exercises from a certified fitness instructor and the videos are updated every month. People of all fitness levels can take part and no other equipment is needed for these workouts.

“San Diego County was the first in the nation to become a “Let’s Move!” County, an initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the problem of obesity within a generation,” said San Diego County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright. “QR Fit Trails are just another innovative example of how we encourage everyone to keep moving to stay healthy.”

QR Fit Trails are also available at Hilton Head County Park in El Cajon, Guajome Regional County Park near Oceanside, and Sweetwater Regional County Park in Bonita. QR Fit Trails are scheduled to open at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa later this summer and will be open to the public during regular business hours.