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Step to It Walking Challenge

Walking Challenge
We’re so glad you’ve made the commitment to participate in the 2017 STEP TO IT Walking Challenge. Did you know that walking has the lowest dropout rate compared to other forms of physical activity? Walking is one of the simplest, positive behavior changes you can make to impact your health. We encourage you to get moving, motivate your teammates, and continue on this journey through this six-week program and beyond.

In as little as 30-minutes per day, walking and moderate physical activity can provide:

  • Reduced risk of coronary heart disease, America’s leading cause of death.
  • Improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Improved blood lipid profiles.
  • Weight maintenance and lowered risk of obesity.
  • Increased mental and emotional well-being.
  • Reduced risk for osteoporosis.
  • Reduced risk for certain cancers.
  • Reduced risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Program Overview
  • Deadline to register a team for the challenge is Friday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teams may consist of two to 10 participants. Select a captain for your team.
  • STEP TO IT Walking Challenge will begin on Monday, October 9 and continue through Sunday, November 19.
Program Guidelines
  • Record step totals daily, Monday through Sunday. Add up daily totals to obtain your weekly total.
  • Individuals will submit total weekly step count no later than the following Monday (see timeline below).
  • Individual step counts submitted by the weekly deadline will be counted toward team average.
  • Step counts submitted after the weekly deadline will not be recorded. Hold your team members accountable for submitting step counts on time.
  • Weekly raffles for prizes for participants taking at least 10,000 steps per week.
  • End of program prize will be awarded to:
    • Team winner (highest average step total per team)
    • Individual winner (highest overall step total)
  • If you are participating in physical activity that is not registered by your pedometer or activity tracker (e.g., swimming, cycling, elliptical trainer) please follow conversion guidelines below.

Weekly Step Count

Week Submit Weekly Step Total By
Monday, October 9 – Sunday, October 15 Monday, October 16
Monday, October 16 – Sunday, October 22 Monday, October 23
Monday, October 23 – Sunday, October 29 Monday, October 30
Monday, October 30 – Sunday, November 5 Monday, November 6
Monday, November 6 – Sunday, November 12 Monday, November 13
Monday, November 13 – Sunday, November 19 Monday, November 20

Use this chart to convert activities that are not easily measured by a pedometer. Multiply the number of minutes you participated in the activity by the number indicated below.  For example:  If you cycle for 10 minutes, record that you have taken 1,500 steps (10 minutes x 150 steps per minute). Be sure you are not wearing your pedometer if you engage in any of these activities.

If your activity is not listed below, find one(s) most similar to your activity on the list and estimate the activity’s step value.
PLEASE NOTE: Conversions are estimates. Your actual steps may vary.  All values represent steps per minute.

Indoor Activities
Activty Steps Per Minute
Circuit Training 178
Cycling 150
Elliptical Trainer 203
Judo 187
Karate 290
Pilates 101
Rowing 179
Stair Climbing 180
Stretching 6
Tae Know Do 290
Tai Chi 8
Weight Lifting 87
Yoga 100
Outdoor Activities
Activty Steps Per Minute
Gardening 73
In-line skating/Rollerblading 125
Canoeing/Kayaking (leisurely) 100
Swimming (leisurely) 133
Swimming (moderate/vigorous effort) 174
Swimming (treading water) 49
Water aerobics 100
Ice Skating (leisurely) 84
Skiing (cross-country) 114
Skiing (downhill) 109
Snowboarding 150
Weight Lifting 87

Get More out of Your Walk
  • Walk briskly and with a purpose.
  • Set goals for yourself to achieve each day or each week.
  • Incorporate hills or incline into your walk to burn extra calories and work different muscles.
  • Walk to the beat. Research shows that music improves mood and motivation to exercise. Aim for music that is at least 120 beats per minute. To calculate beats per minute, simply count the beats during 15 seconds of a song and multiply that number by four. Just be sure to keep volume low if walking outside so you can hear traffic.
  • If you’re walking outside, change up your route periodically to avoid boredom. Local parks and Greenway trails are also great options.

Helpful Resources

Power Lunch

Wolfpack Wellness Power Lunch Series

The Wolfpack Wellness Power Lunch Series is designed to promote health and well-being. Employees will have the opportunity to learn about various wellness topics, network and enjoy a healthy lunch. The sessions will be held monthly on the second Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Seats are limited, register now to reserve your spot at the next session.

Fall 2017 Schedule
Date Topic Location Registration Opens
Wednesday, December 13 Treat Yourself: The Importance of Self-Care Talley Student Union, Room 3285 Register Now

Price is Right

Event Date Time Location Registration
The Price is Right: Stretching the Dollar. Thursday, November 16 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Carmichael Recreation Center Playzone Register Now

Final Survival Week

Monday, December 4 – Friday, December 8

Date Event Time Location
Monday, December 4 Relaxation Station 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Carmichael Recreation Center Playzone
Monday, December 4 Late Night Breakfast 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Talley Student Union, One Earth Lounge
Tuesday, December 5 Restoriative Yoga and Aromatherapy 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Carmichael Recreation Center Studio A
Tuesday, December 5 Night Owl 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Fountain Dining Hall
Tuesday, December 5 Whine and Design 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Talley Student Union, Mountains Ballroom
Wednesday, December 6 Talley Wellness Takeover: Aromatherapy 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Talley Student Union
Talley Wellness Takeover: DIY Sugar Cookie Mix Jars 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Talley Student Union
Talley Wellness Takeover: Pop-up Stress Relief 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Talley Student Union
Talley Wellness Takeover: Make your own Stress Balls 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Talley Student Union
Talley Wellness Takeover: Stressful Stretching 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Talley Student Union
Wednesday, December 6 Stressbusters: Pet a pooch 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Witherspoon, Room 201
Thursday, December 7 Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Carmichael Recreation Center, Studio B/C
Friday, December 8 Relaxation Station 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Talley Student Union, Room 3222