Walking Challenge 2017
March 20th - April 30th, 2017
This year Moravian College is hosting the inter-campus Walking Challenge! The competition is between Moravian College students, faculty, and staff.
WHAT: The Walking Challenge is a six (6) week program that begins March 20, 2017 and ends April 30, 2017. The purpose of the Challenge is to promote active lifestyles while in school, at work, and at home! The goal is for each participant to obtain the most steps possible at the end of each week.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
- Sign up via an AMOS form from March 13, 2017 until March 17, 2017.
- A PAWS representative will be in the HUB on March 13th and 16th from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm.
- Still not signed up? PAWS will be at the Health Fair on March 22 from 8 am until 2 pm and you can sign up then, too!
Beginning March 20, 2017, we ask that you track how many steps you take all day. When you wake up in the morning, put on your pedometer - an app on your phone works just as good! - and at the end of the day, make note of how many steps you took. Each Monday during the challenge you must enter your total weekly steps into our online portal. The portal will track who is participating and how many steps each person takes. Entries submitted after the end of the day (Monday) cannot be tracked.
Serious walkers & 6 weeks of commitment wanted!
Activity variety is encouraged as you can convert almost any activity into steps (gardening, mopping, billiards, swimming, cycling, yoga - you name it)! HOWEVER, if you use the step converter, you CANNOT add any converted steps to pedometer/app/watch steps. In other words, take your pedometer off (or turn off the step counting app) when you engage in a "step convert-able" activity.
Interested in more competition? Should individual departments or groups choose to compete among each other, please let Hope Meixell in HR know. Individuals are automatically registered by department, but can create a new group via the AMOS form. Please elect one person from the group to "create a new group" prior to registration. To do so, follow the prompts.
WHY: Not only will you be able to show off your Greyhound pride, but all long-standing participants get some great Walking Challenge swag! If you participate for all 6 weeks, you can win some great prizes from local vendors, Moravian College Bookstore, food services on campus, Human Resources, and more! You don't have to be the "top walker," but we need you to show off those working feet! Prizes will be awarded to committed walkers through a random drawing at the end of the 6 weeks.
Are you a benefits eligible employee? Participating in all six (6) weeks of the Walking Challenge gets you closer to 15 points with our Healthy Lifestyle Rewards program!
WHERE: Wherever your feet take you! You do not have to be on Moravian College's campus for your steps to count. The online portal can be used anywhere where there is internet connection.
TRACKING YOUR STEPS:
- Track steps with a pedometer. Walkers are responsible for purchasing their own pedometers.
Recommended pedometer brand—Pedusa. We have seen other brands at Walmart and 5 Below.
- Track steps with a Fitbit, Apple, GPS, or another similar watch.
- Track steps with a Smartphone app. There are many free apps that can be used to track steps and physical activity.
Recommended apps—Pacer, iSteps Lite, Map My Walk, Pedometer+++, and The Moves.
- Use Conversions. Activity variety is encouraged as you can convert almost any activity into steps (gardening, mopping, billiards, swimming, cycling, yoga - you name it)! Click here for the conversion chart. HOWEVER, if you use the step converter, you CANNOT add any converted steps to pedometer/app/watch steps.
STAYING SOCIAL: Motivate each other to get moving by using our hashtag #MoravianWalking!
10,000 Steps Goal
Can't fit 30 minutes of strenuous exercise into your day?
Think again! The average American walks between 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day, but is considered to have a sedentary lifestyle.
So the more exercise, the better! Walking 5 miles a day gets you 30 minutes of strenuous exercise... it just so happens that 5 miles is about 10,000 steps! The goal of the Walking Challenge is to gain as many steps as you can at the end of each week. Start your goal lower for the first week and incrementally increase your goal for the following week(s). At the end of six weeks, you will hopefully get to 10,000 steps, or 30 minutes of strenuous exercise, per day!
Don't get discouraged!
A general rule of thumb is that if you increase your activity at all - such as going from 4,000 steps a day to 5,000 - your overall health will be positively impacted. If you already take 50,000 steps per week, don't stop there - try shooting for 55,000!
Looking for more? April 5th, 2017 is National Walking Day so take part in the day by meeting up with all the rest of the Walking Challenge participants in the afternoon. We will walk for 1 hour around the sidewalks of our beautiful North Campus. You do not need to be a Walking Challenge participant to enjoy the day, but if you are a participant and you have made it this far, a reward awaits you!