LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The purpose of the City of Lufkin’s latest parks project is to get people moving.
The city’s parks and recreation department has installed technology-based exercise stations along the Azalea Trail.
“We’re just trying to improve the health of our community,” said Lufkin Parks Director Mike Flinn. “We’re just trying to reach out, trying to do different things instead of just walking. Let’s make it a little different where you can do some exercises while you’re walking.”
Flinn said the parks department teamed with Angelina County and the health district to partner with QR Fitness.
“They’re a fitness-based company where they’re going to be providing different fitness drills which you’ll be able to view on your phone just by scanning a simple QR code,” he said.
To use these exercise stations, it's pretty simple. All you need is a smart phone with the camera app turned on. Point your camera at the QR code and a notification pops up. That leads you to a YouTube video for more exercise.
“We’ll be able to keep track about how many people are using the system. It will also help with how many people are using our trail and help our users get more fit,” Flinn said.
Wade Dorris was on the trail with his son. They say it’s a great bonding time with nature.
“I think it’s healthy for people who are usually inactive, and we’ve been inactive so just trying to get more active walking the trail,” Dorris said.
The Azalea Trail will have six signposts, and the intensity varies as you progress along the trail. The parks department plans to change videos linked to the QR code on a month-to-month basis and offer more variety.
The QR Fitness is set to go live next week.