Wolf Walks Challenge
We’re so glad you’ve made the commitment to participate in the 2017 Wolf Walks 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 8-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.
- Deadline to register a team for Wolf Walks is Tuesday, January 31 at 5:00 P.M.
- Teams may consist of 6-10 participants. If your team has less than 6 participants, we will work to combine teams during the Captain’s Luncheon on Monday, February 6 from 12-1 P.M.. Teams within departments are encouraged.
- Wolf Walks will begin on Monday, February 13 and continue through Sunday, April 9
|Week||Submit Weekly Step Total By|
|February 13- February 19||February 21|
|February 20 – February 26||February 28|
|February 27 – March 5||March 7|
|March 6 – March 12||March 14|
|March 13 – March 19||March 21|
|March 20 – March 26||March 28|
|March 27 – April 2||April 4|
|April 3 – April 9||April11|
- To kickstart your weekly step totals, University Recreation will be hosting optional 30-minute outdoor group walks each Monday during the program, starting February 13
- Walks will begin at 12:15 p.m. rain or shine, and the group will meet in the breezeway area of the Carmichael Complex. Be sure to dress accordingly (e.g., proper footwear, layers, gloves, hats), as the weather may be moderately cold.
- An indoor location will be provided in case of inclement weather.
- Record step totals daily, Monday-Sunday. Add up daily totals to obtain your weekly total.
- Individuals will submit total weekly step count no later than the following Tuesday (see timeline below).
Click here to submit your weekly step count.
- 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.
- End of program prizes will be awarded to:
- Team winner (highest average step total per participant).
- Individual winners (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.
Please direct all questions to: Shannon DuPree
University Wellness Specialist
P: (919) 515-1012
Getting 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 4. 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.
- See more tips in the “Helpful Resources” section below.
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, please contact the program coordinator to find a proper conversion number.
PLEASE NOTE: Conversions are estimates; your actual steps may vary.
|Activity||Steps Per Minute|
|Circuit Training, general||180|
|Elliptical Trainer, ARC Trainer||235|
|Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing||260|
|Stair Climbing, Machine||250|
|Vacuuming, Scrubbing Floors, Washing the Car||130|
|High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T)||250|
|Activity||Steps Per Minute|
|Swimming with moderate/vigorous effort||250|
|Ice Skating, leisurely||130|