Keep Moving Challenge
Wellness at work matters. We at RecWell believe moving more, as often as you can, in any way that feels good, is a great start to balancing personal wellness with the demands of your life. The Keep Moving Challenge aims to inspire you to move more throughout your work week, and encourages others around you to do the same.
Open to: UMD faculty/staff and graduate students*
Register: May 20 - June 1
Walk: June 1 - August 9
*Faculty and staff do not have to work on the UMD-CP campus to participate.
The Keep Moving Challenge is open to all UMD faculty/ staff and graduate students. Fac/staff do not have to work on the UMD-CP campus to participate.
Register as a team of 4 or as an individual to be placed on a team. Teams of 4 need to register as a unit with 1 captain registering the entire team. All participants must complete the release and informed consent waiver prior to participation.
Each week team captains will report total team activity (in minutes) accumulated Monday-Sunday using the team activity log.
Individual participants are responsible for documenting daily activity and communicating total activity to their team captain each Sunday by 5pm.
Participants are encouraged to be active for at least 30 minutes, 3-5 days per week.
Make the most of your challenge by inviting a colleague to participate and joining the UMD Well at Work Facebook community for weekly wellness challenges.
- Program winners and prizes will be awarded Monday, August 17.
- All teams engaging in at 3,500+ minutes of total activity will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 4 prize packages.
- Golf social package for the team and a giftcard to Mulligan’s Grill.
- Private yoga group fitness class for 20 people and new yoga mat for each team member.
- Summer 2021 pool membership for each team member.
- Body composition test for each team member and a resistance band.
- Participants must be a currently employed UM faculty/staff or enrolled UM student.
- Participants are only permitted to register as an individual or team, not both, and may only register to participate on 1 team.
- All participants must read, sign, and submit the release and informed consent prior to participation in the challenge.
- Participants may walk, jog, or run as a way of accumulating individual activity.
For your reference, total time spent active will be calculated into distance using the following pace markers: walk/ casual (3-4 mph), jog/ moderate (5-6mph), run/ brisk (6-7mph).
- Teams must submit weekly activity logs by the proceeding Wednesday at 5pm via the online activity log.
- The challenge ends at 5pm on August 9
- Requests for rule exceptions must be emailed to email@example.com.
Walking is an accessible form of exercise that is easy to do and does not require a gym. Making time for brief walking breaks throughout your day can provide numerous health benefits to include:
- Increased energy- going for a walk when you’re tired increases oxygenated blood flow and cortisol levels, the hormones responsible for boosting energy.
- Increased energy expenditure- the body burns approximately 100 calories of energy to walk 1 mile. So increasing your level of physical activity can increase energy expenditure and potentially help you reduce body weight.
- Improves strength and function of the heart- your heart is a muscle and low-to-moderate intensity walking is a great way to strengthen your heart, helping it become more efficient at moving blood throughout your body!
- Increase your focus- along with a boost in energy, walking is a great way to regain focus and stimulate your mind and body.
- Participation in RecWell activities, including the use of facilities and equipment is completely voluntary. There are risks and hazards, minor and serious, associated with participation in fitness activities. Participants voluntarily assume all responsibility and risk of loss, damage, illness, and/or injury to person or property associated with the participation in the Keep Moving Challenge.
- Participants are advised to check with a medical professional before starting any exercise program.
- Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and drink water before, during and after exercise.