This Challenge is open to all Wellington residents. To sign up, just email the fitness office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then download your tracking sheet below. The tracking sheet is fillable so all you have to do is download it and enter your steps on your computer, tablet or smart phone. You still have to add them up yourself though! Start logging your steps either the week of Monday, September 18, or the week of Monday, September 25. The Challenge lasts for six weeks, so you must start logging steps by no later than the week of Monday, September 25, in order to finish by no later than Sunday, November 5, 2023, which is the LAST DAY you can log your steps. You can turn in your completed scorecard anytime from Monday, Oct. 30, through Wednesday, November 8. You MUST turn in your scorecard by NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2023, to receive a prize. To begin, either download a tracking app for your smartphone or get yourself a pedometer or fitness tracking device. Trackers and pedometers can be purchased from many local retail stores such as Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy and Academy, or online from websites like Amazon or REI. You can buy basic pedometers that record steps that you log by hand on the chart on the back of the tracking sheet, or you can buy smart fitness trackers such as FitBit or Garmin that will automatically track your steps and download the results to your computer or smartphone. The Apple smartwatch has a fitness tracking app that can keep track of steps, plus there are many apps you can download to your smartphone that will log your steps for you.
If you are using a smart fitness tracking device it's not necessary to use the scorecard--you can just download your activity, print it out and turn it in at the end of the six week period, but if you prefer to fill out the scorecard that's great too. Logging your steps is a powerful tool to keep yourself motivated! You should read all the instructions on the scorecard to make sure you follow all the rules; the first week you are required to log a minimum of 5,000 steps per day for at least 5 days of the week, so you can't just log 10,000 steps for 3 days.
Also, please note that while the tracking form is the same for both adults and kids, the goals are different, with adults starting with a MINIMUM of 5,000 steps per day for at least five days of the week, while kids start with a MINIMUM of 8,000 steps per day for at least five days of the week.
All finishers will receive a prize for completing the challenge. There will also be a grand prize for a participant drawn at random from all adult program finishers. But regardless of which goal you decide to set, remember: Fitness is a journey, not a destination. Your ultimate reward is a more fit you!
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