Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Community Building Tip: Fit Path

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

26. Create a fit path. As part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a San Francisco celebration of creative urban intervention, one design team decided that activating the sidewalk required a different kind of action. The City Fit Path proposal, a simple-to-set-up series of exercise stations and prompts, encourages easy and equitable workouts, no gym membership required.

Note that this doesn't necessarily require exercise equipment.  The examples shown primarily use paint.  But you can also make a terrific fit path simply by marking a path over different terrain, up and down hills, over historic brick sidewalks or streets, under that low-hanging branch the park service doesn't want to remove, etc. 

There are ways to adapt a fit path for different ability levels, too.

1) Create loops or other different sections with varying amounts and types of challenge.

2) On a single path, stack activity stations together so users can choose whichever they prefer.

What you want to avoid are the problems caused by compressing everyone into the same level.  Either the less-able people will be overchallenged or the more-able people will be underchallenged.  Nobody gets a good workout unless it's at the right level for their body at the time.  The athlete who rips a muscle will be very happy for the adaptive options.

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