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Marble Falls Fit Trail incentivizes exercise

Westside Park in Marble Falls

A New Year, New You Fit Trail will be set up in Westside (pictured) and Johnson parks in Marble Falls. People can win prizes and earn goodie bags by completing the exercises featured on the trail. Staff photo by Alex Copeland

Adaptive Fitness, CK Medical Spa, and the city of Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up on an interactive New Year, New You Fit Trail at Westside and Johnson parks.

The trail will use signs — being placed Friday, Jan. 15 — and QR codes to guide participants through different exercises as they walk and encourage users to post their progress for prizes and goodie bags.

“We’re doing it because we want to keep the community active and healthy and get outside,” said Cara Montañez, owner of Adaptive Fitness. “People are having a hard time wanting to get out there, especially some of our older people and even some of the younger ones. It’s just so that we can keep our community active, fit, and healthy without having to pay to go to the gym. We want to put it on for the community to give back to them.”

Signs will begin at Westside Park, located at Second Street and Avenue Q, and be visible along trails and throughout the park. Quick Response (QR) codes — that can be scanned with a phone app like a barcode — will link to exercises, including modified and advanced versions to appeal to people of all skill levels.

“It also gives them a chance to do one of our giveaway options,” Montañez said. “If they go through (the exercise) and post a selfie with our hashtag, they’re entered in to win one of our giveaways.”

The trail of signs ends at Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J South, before the bridge leading to Lakeside Park. Those who complete the exercises are guaranteed a reward for participating.

“If they complete it, we even have goodie bags where all of our sponsors put some little items for those who participated,” Montañez said. “People love doing stuff if they get a little reward, you know?”

The Fit Trail will be set up for the first quarter of 2021.

“This gives people an opportunity to see just how far the trail goes and gives them a reason to go all the way,“ Montañez said.