2. Systems Trail

Systems Trail, 2019

Systems Trail aims at creating awareness about often ignored biological systems by proposing a set of exercise stations that responds to each organ system: digestive, nervous, skeletal, urinary, lymphatic, and muscular.

It investigates the possibility to provide a different approach for classical outdoor fitness trails, which usually focus on muscular development and cardio training. What about the remaining ten systems that are the core of the human body?

Each station proposes a movement customed to take care of the corresponding system and reflects on the bodies biological mechanisms in its shape and aesthetic.

Outdoor fitness trails are a familiar setting offering to everyone the possibility to do sport in a programmed environment, discovering station after station how the human body can be mapped out of these overlapping systems.

DIGESTIVE : The digestive system consists of a series of connected organs that together, allow the body to break down food into protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fats, all the nutrients entering the bloodstream through tiny hair-like projections.

When lying on the back, extending arm and legs and bringing them together tenses and relax the stomach and intestines, allowing a more efficient digestion

NEURONAL : The nervous system controls voluntary and involuntary actions sends signals to different parts of the body. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that connect every other part of the body to the central nervous system.

Walking bare foot on a non-even surface requires use of all the major component of the conscious motor to keep balance and adapt to the sensory reactions perceived.

Shaped after the mapping of the neuronal reactions when trying to find balance.

LYMPHATIQUE : The lymphatic system includes lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels, network that help circulate body fluids. These vessels carry excess fluid away from the spaces between tissues and organs. Its main job is to make is to make and move lymph, a clear fluid that contains white blood cells, which help the body fight infection.

Jumping gets the body out of gravity for a split second, allowing the valves inside the lymphatic vessels to open and the lymph to efficiently circulate.

Shaped after the disposition of lymphatic nodes in the neck area.

MUSCULAR : The muscular system consists of about 650 muscles that aid in movement, blood flow and other bodily functions by their contraction. Skeletal muscle are connected to bone and helps with voluntary movement, smooth muscle are found inside organs and helps to move substances through organs, and cardiac muscle which is found in the heart and helps pump blood.

Sollicit upper and lower muscles effort as well as smooth muscles to preserve balance

Springs required to create a resistance evoke the contractile function of the muscular system

SKELETAL : The skeletal system is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons. It shapes the body and protects organs. The skeletal system works with the muscular system to help the body move.

High impact activities create micro-fracture in the skeletal system, reinforcing it.

Shaped after the connection between the spine and ribs

URINARY : The urinary system eliminates waste from the body, in the form of urine. The kidneys filter waste from the blood and combines it with water. From the kidneys, urine travels down two thin tubes, the ureters to the bladder.

Vertical rotation of the upper body stimulates the kidneys by contracting the surrounding organs, increasing the filtering capacities and preventing kidney stones.

Shaped after the two vessels supplying the kidneys