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Nation gets fit

Spa and Salon Manager Karen Watson will round out her department's services in the next couple of weeks; the Turning Stone Resort and Casino is putting the finishing touches on a 5,600-foot fitness trail expected to be completed within the coming month.

It's been a couple of years in the making, Watson said. When we looked at the range of services we offer, we really felt what was missing was a fitness component. The trail is going to offer not only an opportunity for walking and running, but also the ability to conduct fitness programs.

The trail, Watson says, is just over a mile long. It starts at the Lodge and encircles the casino property, hotel, back of the events center, forming a loop. According to Watson, it is appropriate for individuals at all levels of fitness and ability.

It's good for beginners, though there are some hills, Watson said, and there will be exercise stations along the way that will allow us to do exercises such as dips, crunches, stretches and balancing activities for a more advanced level of activity.

Right now, six stations are planned: leg lift, beam jump, sit up, push up, horizontal loop ladder and monkey bars.

Special walking surface

People accustomed to walking on concrete or asphalt may immediately notice a unique difference in the trail surface. Nation management chose a shock-absorbent material called Flexi-Pave to construct the walkway. According to a CNN report the first week of July, the product, and others like it, are being tested in cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C., where they have been found to be easier on people's legs and joints.

We were specifically looking for a non-slippery surface that is easy on the body, gentle on the knees and back and great for walking or running.

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