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Join the Employee Wellness Team as we “hike” perimeter of Pennsylvania as part of our Spring 2015 Employee Walking Challenge. Each team will record its steps to see how far it travels along the 1,203 miles. Accumulate steps by walking, running, swimming, dancing, or whatever exercise you prefer. This 10-week challenge will begin on February 16 and continue to April 26, 2015.

Register your team by emailing with your Team Name, Captain's Email Address, and a list of Team Members (maximum of 12 members). If you need a team, we will find you one.

Hikers who participate in all ten weeks will become part of a drawing for a prize.

Healthy U participants (Faculty, Coaches, Managers, Nurses, Police Only) will earn 25 points.

Tips for Success:

 Goal - 10,000 steps or five miles daily

 At the end of each week convert your steps to mileage – 2,000 steps = 1 mile

  • Put your pedometer on when you get dressed in the morning and remove it before going to bed.
  • Use a datebook, calendar or small tablet to record your daily steps.
  • Convert all physical activity to steps. For example, you plan to use an elliptical trainer for 30 minutes
    • remove your pedometer before starting
    • "Run" on the elliptical trainer for 30 minutes
    • when you are finished, put your pedometer on
    • the conversion rate for one minute on an elliptical trainer is 203 steps; therefore, 30 minutes X 203 - 6,090 steps
    • add 6,090 steps to your pedometer count at the end of the day
  • Listening to music while exercising will help you maintain a faster tempo.
  • Hydrating before, during, and after your workout is key to the recovery process. The better your hydration level is the more stamina you will have during your workout and the better you will feel tomorrow.
  • When warming up, it is better to do dynamic stretches at the beginning of your workout (jumping jacks, lunges, shoulder circles, jogging in place, etc.) and follow with static stretches (holding a stretch for a long period of time) at the end of your workout.

Activity Conversions

In addition to the minutes to mileage conversion below, here are a few activities with steps per minute:

Activity Steps per minute
Aerobics, high impact 182
Bicycling, leisurely 100
Bicycling, moderately 200
Bicycling, vigorously 250
Handball, recreational 142
Karate 290
Pilates 101
Rowing, light 111
Rowing, moderate 179
Yoga 100
And for our favorite winter activity -  
Shoveling, light 133
Shoveling, moderate 174
Shoveling, heavy 278

Team Mileage Pages

Previous Years
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