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Grantee Blog 2020

Coming Soon: Exercise Videos for the Trail

While we’re waiting to hear back from the City on our river trail designs we decided to start working on another aspect of the signs: the QR coded exercise videos that will give people walking along the trail more opportunities to add exercise into their day.

As you can see from the photo above, The Elizabeth River Trail is mostly hard cement. The grassy areas don’t necessarily follow the entire trail and most are either filled with shrubs or considered private property, making them unusable. So, exercise enthusiasts (or the exercise curious) don’t have a lot of options as far as adding exercises into their trail walking routine goes.

Our solution was to add a QR code to our signs that links to a video demonstrating a standing exercise which can be done on the trail. There will be one video per sign for a total of four videos. And each video will have 1-2 short exercise demonstrations that people can experiment with to make their walk a little more active.

While creating these videos we realized two things. One, that our original idea of having the QR codes link directly to a video wasn’t sustainable. If something happened to the video (ex. it got corrupted) the sign wouldn’t work anymore and would have to be completely reordered and reinstalled.  So we ended up creating a Shaping Elizabeth webpage on our website where the videos can be hosted instead. That way we can easily update the videos as needed.

The second thing we realized is that the quality of our exercise videos isn’t where it needs to be. We can’t control how loud or light/dark the trail will be when people walk it and view the videos. We also can’t control  what type of phone people access the videos from. So, our videos need to have the best lighting, sound, and video quality possible to make them easily watchable in a public setting.

This issue is a little trickier to fix, but we’re currently exploring our options from buying better equipment to hiring a professional to film them for us. As always, we’ll  keep you posted on what we decide and how the videos turn out!

About the Grantee

The Gateway Family YMCA

The Gateway Family YMCA (TGFY) is a community-based organization rooted in Christian principles and committed to building healthy lives through programs that strengthen minds, bodies and spirits for people of all ages, religions and cultures. The leader of the Shaping Elizabeth coalition, TGFY is committed towards supporting the health, nutrition and physical activity of all Elizabeth residents.