The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week AND participate in muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days per week.
Lancaster County Extension staff recently participated in a summer walking/running challenge designed to increase physical fitness! Healthy staff make for a more productive office!!
So, we embarked on a mission to “walk” to the sunny beaches of Costa Rica, or in real terms, reach the goal of walking nearly 6.8 million steps over a 6 week period. Well, we did it!!! Staff recorded steps taken, whether by wearable technologies like pedometers, Fitbit*, or using a step conversion chart to translate activities such as yoga, yard work, cleaning, weight lifting, etc. into steps. At the end of the 6 weeks, staff had recorded 6,719,136 steps!
Since we couldn’t actually walk to Costa Rica, we celebrated the tremendous effort by many staff with a Sunday afternoon family beach volleyball event at a local sand volleyball court (not Costa Rica, but close). Prizes were given to top walkers and the brave-at-heart participated in several games of sand volleyball!
Several staff indicated this challenge encouraged them to engage in more fitness activities than usual, which is turn, helped them feel increased energy levels and develop a more positive mindset. Thanks to our amazing wellness committee of Emily, Tyler and Kristen!! They did an awesome job of assisting with charting steps, reminders to keep “walking” and putting together a great ending celebration!
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