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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.

Why You Should Participate Toggle Accordion

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. 
  • Improved 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! 
  • Increased focus and concentration. Along with a boost in energy, walking is a great way to regain focus and stimulate your mind and body.
  • Improved immune system function.
How to Participate Toggle Accordion
Before the challenge starts:
  1. Register for the challenge online by June 1 either as a team (of 4) or as an individual (and be placed with a team). Take the time to recruit your colleagues and/or friends to help hold one another accountable. 
  2. Like and follow the UMD Well at Work Facebook community to participate in weekly wellness challenges. 
Once the challenge starts:
The Challenge begins on June 1. During the Challenge, you may walk/ jog/ or run anywhere, anyday, anytime. The goal is to be physically active 3-5 days/week. Your team captain will be emailed a link to an online form to submit the team's total time spent active each week which will be converted to mileage using the following conversions: 3-4 mph walk, 5-6mph  jog, 6-7mph run. 
To complete the challenge, teams must submit a weekly activity log each week (10 weeks). All teams walking 130 miles total team distance will be entered into a raffle for a team package prize. 
How to Log Activity Toggle Accordion

Each week team captains will submit an activity log, reflecting the total # of minutes spent active by each team member. 

Individuals may track independent activity using the individual log  to assist with goal-setting and tracking. 

Prizes Toggle Accordion

Prizes will be awarded on August 17th.

About the team prize packages:

Prize package #1: Golf social package and giftcard to Mulligans Grill
Prize package #2: RecWell private yoga group fitness class for up to 20 people and new yoga mat for each team member. 
Prize package #3: RecWell 2021 summer pool membership for each team member. 
Prize package #4: RecWell body composition testing and resistance band for each team member. 

How to be entered for the chance to win:

  • All teams walking 130 miles total distance will be entered into a raffle for the team prize packages. 
  • Participants must keep track of daily time spent walking, then submit this into the weekly log form sent to team captains.
  • Failure to fill out the weekly walking log will result in a forfeit from the challenge.
Make the Most of the Challenge Toggle Accordion
  • Encourage a campus colleague or co-worker to participate. Walking with a team increases accountability toward personal fitness goals.
  • Join the UMD Well at Work Facebook community for bonus weekly wellness challenges. 
  • Consider tracking your walking through a mobile app like Map My Walk.
Official Rules Toggle Accordion
  • Participants must be currently employed University of Maryland faculty/staff or graduate students. Faculty and staff do not have to work on the College Park campus to participate.
  • Participants may walk anywhere, any day, anytime, and are encouraged to incorporate at least 30 minutes of activity into their daily work schedule. 
  • Participants do not have to walk 30 consecutive minutes and may accumulate 30 total minutes. Participants are encouraged to walk at least 10-minute intervals.
  • Participants must keep track of daily time spent walking and report this to their team captain. 
  • Participants must walk a minimum of 20-minutes/ day to have their time spent walking count toward the overall challenge.  
  • Failure to fill out the weekly walking log by Wednesday at 5pm will result in a forfeit from the challenge.
  • Questions and requests for rule exceptions must be emailed to
Healthy & Safety Information Toggle Accordion
  • 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.