Walking isn’t only on Wednesdays!

What’s holding your back from participating in the Healthier You Walking Program?
Walk for Wellness … Walk to Win … Walk Whenever – Did you know, You don’t have to walk on Wednesdays to participate in Healthier U’s walking program?

If you’re looking to add that competitive spirit and walk at any time, then Walk to Win might be right for you. Be sure to have two other SBU Employees walk with you and report the distance walked to your area walk leader. The campus location with the most miles walked per person will win a healthy reward sponsored by Healthier U.  You can also participate in Walks for Wellness. Join your coworkers for a healthy walk around campus every Wednesday at noon between March 19 through June 4. Register to walk once, indicating your preferred walking location. You will be assigned a group leader and then the fun begins! Start earning Healthier U incentives after you walk six times.Get all three incentive prizes if you walk 10 out of 12 weeks!http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/healthieru/walking.html

Let’s discuss what holds us back and prevents us from getting up and walking?  I gamified my walking and use a Fitbit.  Had to giggle at this article that shows how to set up a treadmill at your desk.  http://chriskresser.com/how-to-walk-10000-steps-a-day-if-youre-a-desk-jockey  What do you do to move throughout the day?

 

Free Fitness Classes in the CRC

Healthier U is sponsoring Free Fitness Classes the Campus Recreation Center (CRC)! Register online for these free classes and after the class is over you will walk away with a free pass to come back and try out the CRC at your leisure. Register at http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/healthieru/fitnessclasses.html026

10,000 Steps A Day?

10,000 Steps a Day is the latest mantra to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing high blood pressure and glucose levels.  There are many articles on the web that promote this campaign.  Google it.  In her article, The Truth About 10,000 Steps (Live Science, March 2014), Rachel Rettner points out that there isn’t any scientific research that pinpoints 10,000 steps as being the mark for obtaining a healthy life.  Experts agree that any amount of increased activity helps to reduce the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.  She points out that 10,000 Steps  is merely a marketing campaign for the sales of pedometers and activity tracking devices.  So, is that deceitful marketing?  If you benefit from it, I don’t think so.

Walk on Wednesdays

Stepping out on Wednesdays at Stony Brook.

As a diabetic, I know I need to add exercise to my daily routine.  I have a sedentary job that causes me (out of my passion) to work, at times, beyond 7 or 8 hours a day and some weekends.  I plan daily exercise time, but things come up and there’s always tomorrow.  Tomorrow turns into weeks and weeks into months.  I get determined and start a routine, but it doesn’t last.

I recently purchased a Fitbit activity tracking device with a web monitoring system for steps, activity, sleep, water and food intake, and weight.  I invited my friends with Fitbits to join in on the website so we can encourage one another. Fitbit awards badges for fitness and healthy lifestyle achievements. We created a stepping and activity community.  My stepping goal is 10,000 steps.  I check my steps throughout the day.  Yesterday, I saw that I was at a mere 3,000 steps.  I pushed away from my desk and walked up 5 flights of stairs in the Melville Library.  I walked the 4th and 5th floors, saying hello to my colleagues in the hall.  After 15 minutes, I returned to my desk and worked.  I added 2,000 steps and logged high activity moments.  YAY!  My glucose levels have come in around 90.  Double YAY!

The success goes beyond tracking steps and activity.  It’s gamification.  Gamification is the use of design elements characteristic for games in non-game contexts…making routine challenging and fun.   You set a goal and establish rules (fun and flexible), take on a problem solving mindset with the challenge, allow for positive feedback (community), and go for the epic win (reward…results).  Badges of Achievement are proven motivators for reaching set goals.  Include them.  Think gamification, again, Google it.

I also joined in with my two daughters and their friends in a private Facebook group, Clean Eating and Hard Training.  We trade healthy recipes, post “sweaty selfies” of ourselves after a workout, and cheer each other on.  I post my Fitbit numbers.  My daughters always comment on how proud they are of me and I’m proud of them.  We give each other Shoutouts and badges of achievement…gamification.

I’ve long advocated with faculty to gamify their learning activities in the classroom to enhance student engagement.  I’m putting my money where my mouth is and gamifying my goals for achieving a healthy lifestyle.  Is 10,000 Steps a marketing ploy for companies selling their tracking devices?  I truly don’t care as long as it helps me gamify my fitness activities and achieve my healty lifestyle goals.  I want results and I’m getting them.  I’d like to know your thoughts on 10,000 Steps and gamifying your fitness routines.  Share your positive steps to a healthy lifestyle. Post a reply.

Spring is here! Let’s Walk!

Walk on Wednesdays is back! Come join coworkers for a healthy walk around campus every Wednesday at noon for a total of twelve walks beginning March 19th through June 4th. Register to walk once, indicating your preferred walking location. You will be assigned a group leader and then the fun begins! Start earning Healthier U incentives after you walk 6 times. Get all 3 items if you walk 10 out of 12 weeks! Looking to add that competitive spirit and walk at any time? Then Walk to Win might be right for you. Be sure to have 2 other SBU Employees walk with you and report the distance walked to your area walk leader. The campus location with the most miles walked per person will win a healthy reward sponsored by Healthier U. For more information visit stonybrook.edu/healthieru. Register using the link below.
https://docs.google.com/a/stonybrook.edu/forms/d/1tK2y52EHp0AO7SUg27KdCltr9A6R265omPoOGS8vgjQ

Visit Healthier U’s table

We have plenty of wellness information & giveaways to share with you:  Come learn about:

  • Upcoming spring Walking Programs:  Walk on Wednesdays & Walk to Win!
  • New indoor & outdoor walking maps and mileage.
  • FREE fitness classes at the Campus Recreation Center – no need to be a member.
  • Ambassador program – join Healthier U in spreading the message of wellenss!
  • Upcoming workshops
Hospital employees at Healthier U's table

Hospital employees at Healthier U’s table

Healthier U table

Healthier U table

 

Get Ready to Walk Your Way to a Healthier You

Healthier You Walking Program

The Healthier U walking program kicked off in November 2011 with a series of walks at five locations. The kickoff series was a success, thanks to all of you! In 2013 the program doubled the number of walks from the previous year and expanded to seven locations. For more information, visit the Walking Program page by clicking the tab at the top.

Participating in the SBU Walking Program? How’s it going? Update us on your progress. Share your success and suggestions with others.