“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-tzu
Congratulations to everyone who took more than a single step on the journey towards wellness by participating in this year’s Walk for Wellness Challenge, co-hosted by the University of Maryland Wellness Coalition and Campus Recreation Services.
The Challenge By the Numbers
- 56 days
- 296 walkers
- 34 teams
- 67 offices/departments represented
- 18,746 hours of walking logged
- 7,498 miles walked
Points were awarded based on the time logged walking. The 10 individuals who earned the most points were entered into a raffle to win an iPod nano. They were:
- Andrew Arensburger from OIT, 440 points
- David Bullock from Dining Services, 650 points
- Robin Chiddo from University Relations, 300 points
- Deborah Frey from the Orientation Office, 740 points
- Grady Frey from DOTS, 745 points (*iPod Nano winner*)
- Ylesia Stefan James from Counseling and Higher Education, 345 points
- Mary Pandian from NSFC, 710 points
- Clarence Patterson from Dining Services, 615 points
- Jo (Tung) Peng from EDHD, 595 points
- And Jyoti Sawhney from OIT, 670 points
The team with the most points won a TerpZone bowling party for each team member and guest. The winning team was Team Speedy from Dining Services (team members: Sonia Molina, Laura Perez, Violeta Rivera, Elba Duran and Felicia Flori).
Feeling inspired? Walking is one of the easiest and safest way to live a more active lifestyle. The gentle, low-impact exercise burns calories and improves cardiovascular health among numerous other health benefits, including:
- Weight management
- Tones your muscles
- Strengthens your immune system
- Boosts your mood
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Reduces health risks, such as developing heart disease or having a stroke
Walking is accessible for most people and doesn’t take any practice, but here a few pointers before you get started with a regular walking routine:
- Choose a safe place to walk and make sure you are highly visible
- Wear comfortable footwear with proper arch support
- Wear clothes that absorb sweat to keep you dry
- Gradually lengthen your walks and increase your speed over time
- Warm up with 5 minutes of slower paced walking
- After warming up and cooling down, stretch your calfs and quadriceps
- Track your progress in a walking log
- Walk with a friend and enhance your social wellness at the same time
It is always smart to talk to a health care provider before starting an exercise routine if you’ve been inactive or have any health condition.
Share with us! Where are your favorite places to walk on campus and what are your tips to stay motivated?
The next walking challenge will take place this summer. Sign-up for the Well in a Shell e-Newsletter and be notified when it’s time to register!