This event encourages participants to get moving by attempting to walk 70,000 steps in seven days. Wear a pedometer and track how many steps you walk each day. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to participate.
- Use your smartphone or personal pedometer to track your steps. If you don’t have a device to track your steps, you can track the number of minutes and/or distance you walk and use the online “Steps to Miles” conversion chart.
- Write down your steps each day
- Add your weekly total
- Record your daily steps and total number of steps on using the online submission form. Completed forms must be submitted no later than May 30.
Calendar of Events
- Monday May 13:
- Group Exercise Class: “Walkin to the Beat” – 10:15 am, Fitness Plus Studio 1
- Tuesday May 14:
- Wheel of Fortune Walk: 8-10 am, Fitness Plus Indoor Track
- Fitness Floor Workout: “Butts and Guts” – 5:30 pm, Fitness Plus PT Studio
- Group Exercise Class: “Turbo Kick” – 5:30 pm, Fitness Plus Studio 1
- Wednesday May 15:
- Group Exercise Class: “Beginning Line Dancing” – 12:30 pm, Fitness Plus Studio 1
- Thursday May 16:
- Group Exercise Class: “Step Aerobics” – 9:00 am, Fitness Plus Studio 1
- Poker Walk: 4-6 pm – Fitness Plus Indoor Track
- Fitness Floor Workout: “Kettlebell Basics” – 12:15 pm, Fitness Plus PT Studio
- Friday May 17:
- Fitness Floor Workout: “Beginner Tabata” – 6:00 am, Fitness Plus PT Studio
- Saturday May 18:
- Group Exercise Class: “Zumba” – 8:00 am, Fitness Plus Studio 1
- Outdoor Walk Around SFMC Campus: – 9:00 am, Meet at Entrance 8 Lobby
What is the Walk 10K?
It is a simple and fun challenge using a pedometer to help increase your physical activity.
How does it work?
Using a personal pedometer, you will see how easy it is to build physical activity into your day. If you have an average stride (approximately two-and-a-half feet), it takes a little more than 2,000 steps to walk one mile.
Just start taking the stairs, park farther from the store, window shop, walk the dog, get up to change the channel or walk around the block. You will be amazed how fast steps add up and how great you will feel.
Who can participate?
Everyone! Ten thousand steps a day (the equivalent of walking roughly five miles) is safe and effective whether you already are active or just getting started. A good goal is to increase your daily steps by 500 until you are normally achieving 10,000 steps a day.
What if I am in a wheelchair or have a disability?
Walking for 30 minutes, most people will cover approximately one-and-a-half to two miles, depending on their walking speed. The recommendation for wheelchair users would be to carry out 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity; therefore, the extrapolation would be whatever distance/number of wheel revolutions the average individual accumulates in this time. Healthy older adults walk about 6,000 to 8,500 steps per day, while people with disabilities and chronic diseases walk about 3,500 to 5,000 steps per day.
What are the benefits?
- More energy
- Less stress
- Better weight management
- Decreased chance of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer, and osteoporosis
- A person who walks 10,000 steps a day will burn between 2,000 and 3,500 calories a week
Why 10,000 steps a day?
Typically, American adults average 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day. To stay healthy, you should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Walking 10,000 steps a day can help you achieve that goal. If your goal is to lose weight, start slowly and gradually work yourself up to walking 12,000 to 15,000 steps each day.
All steps count
The pedometer will measure each step you take. Every increase in steps, no matter how small, is reason to celebrate. So a few extra steps in the morning, during lunch or while shopping can add up. The more you walk, the better you feel.