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Are you ready to get your step on? Join the step challenge this summer! In person events may have been cancelled, but you can get steps just about anywhere.
Between June 15 – July 19, join the Furman community in a healthy challenge by meeting step goals. Movement and health are of utmost importance, especially with the uncertainty of current times. This challenge is supported by the Furman Wellness Committee.
Enter your name here to join the challenge! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Q49thOABhJIA7ALHDpjT-VvClhlJN5m4I0euWMur0FI/edit?usp=sharing
Please contact email@example.com or Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
What is the challenge?
Log your steps each day between June 15 and July 19 (5 weeks), aiming to meet increasing step goals each week.
What are the step goals?
Each week, there will be a daily step goal that participants can aim for. The goals increase by 1,000 daily steps each week:
· Week 1: 7,000 steps per day
· Week 2: 8,000 steps per day
· Week 3: 9,000 steps per day
· Week 4: 10,000 steps per day
· Week 5: 11,000 steps per day
You can always have your own personal goals!
How do I track my steps?
You can track your steps with a smart watch (like a Fitbit), with your phone (most phones track steps, but you have to remember to carry your phone with you), with a pedometer, OR you can calculate your number of steps based on the distance you walk/run divided by your stride length (see calculation here)
How do I log my tracked steps?
Enter your name into this spreadsheet, and manually log your steps each day of the challenge.
What if I forget to log my steps one day?
No problem. You can always backlog steps, just remember it’s easier to do it the day of! As long as all your steps are logged before the end of the challenge, you can log whenever is convenient for you.
It rained all day/it’s too hot and I couldn’t get out for a walk/jog…
That’s ok! There are plenty of indoor activities that can earn steps, including cooking, cleaning, dancing, workout videos, and even walking in place while watching your favorite show.
What if I’m on vacation/furlough during part of the challenge?
You can still participate. If you can’t access the form while you’re away, just write down your steps each day and log them when you return.
Will you announce a winner?
We will acknowledge the participants that have the highest overall steps, highest average steps per day, and most improvement. Since celebrating in person is not feasible, we will virtually acknowledge participants!
The Greenville Track Club offers an exciting schedule of events for walkers and runners in the Upstate community. Furman employees and family members who participate can help contribute to the Furman team score of the Corporate Shield Series.
2020 GTC Corporate Shield Schedule
January 18 Run Downtown 5K
March 21 Milliken Earth Run 5K
May 9 Zoom through the Zoo 5K
June 13 Sunrise Run 8K
July 4 Red, White & Blues Shoes 5K
August 29 Michelin 5K
September 11 BMW Classic 2 mile
October 10 GE Cross-Country 6K
For more information or to register for events, please visit:
Remember to indicate “Furman University” as your team name when you register.