TODAY is the last day to input steps for week 3

Log your steps TODAY!

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10,000 steps. 10K a day.  

We see this goal everywhere…from Fitbit advertising to workplace challenges and everything in-between…but WHY?? 

Here’s where it all started: The Japanese did a marketing campaign as a precursor to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  They were promoting an early Japanese pedometer created by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano in the hopes they could persuade their fellow Japanese to become less slothful and more active.  If he could convince them to increase their daily steps from 4,000 to 10,000 then they would burn off approximately 500 extra calories a day.  Ironically, the pedometer was called a Manpo-Kei.  In Japanese, “man” means 10,000, “po” means steps and “kei” means meter.  So it was, literally, a 10,000 steps meter.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity each week.  Following these guidelines can contribute to overall better health and can decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.  Walking is a simple way to reach this goal!  It’s easy on the joints, inexpensive and environmentally friendly.  The average American walks 3000-4000 steps per day, however this will not meet the CDC’s goal.  Therefore, the CDC also promotes 10,000 steps a day to prevent chronic diseases.

Don't forget that you can log many other activities as steps. That's right!!  Everything counts! We have a fabulous conversion chart where you can find your activity, calculate the conversion and add to your step count for the day...it's that easy!

The Get Moving Challenge is in its last week. Enter your steps for last week by the end of today. This week, keep track of your steps or convert them from other forms of activity (swimming, strength training, stair climbing…) and log them online.  The goal is get you moving or to get you to move MORE.  

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How can I hit 10,000 steps while being remote?!  Here’s some easy tips:

• Take a walk outside, make sure to keep your social distance

• Park further out in the parking lot

• When out shopping, make a couple extra laps on the outside isles

• Keep extra shoes and socks at work   

• Position your trash further away, so you have to get up and walk

• Walk with music on

• Walk in place during tv commercials

• Always take the stairs

• Skip the walking escalators in the airport

• Convert other activities into steps

• Find a walking video online and follow along 

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Before you go... Stretch BREAK!

Is sitting at your desk causing you physical stress? You’re not alone. Many individuals spend the majority of our waking day sitting in front of a computer or relaxing in front of the television. All of this day-to-day inactivity causes our joints and muscles to get stiff and places stress on our bodies in different ways. Incorporating stretching & stretch breaks into your daily routine can help improve your productivity, ability to handle stress, and overall well-being. Stretching on a regular basis can help reduce muscular fatigue, tension, pain, and degenerative joint or disc problems and reenergizes your body.

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Did Someone Say PRIZES?!

LOG IN and enter your steps today! The goal is to get you moving or to get you to more MORE. Don't forget each week there are chances to win individual or team prizes with SIX $100 Grand Prizes (2 for students, 2 for faculty/staff/friends/family, 2 for Altru) given at the end.

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What IS the Get Moving Challenge?

Altru and the University of North Dakota have launched a partnership to bring together ideas, resources and opportunities to promote health and wellness across our organizations and the larger community. The Get Moving Challenge is another one of our collaborations created to encourage and promote lifelong well being. We are excited for you to participate in our walking/step conversion program!

Get Moving Challenge runs from August 30 - September 26!

Log your steps today!

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