Step Your Way

BRIDGE THAT GAP UNTIL GETFIT!

You can keep up the great habits you've been forming during Step Your Way by tracking your steps right up until getfit starts in January 2023.

  • Set your own goals with these log sheets (.xls) (.pdf)
  • Start on November 28, the Monday after Thanksgiving
  • End on January 8, just before the 2023 getfit challenge starts

While this is not another challenge and there will be no prizes or weekly newsletters, we hope the motivation of logging your steps will help keep you moving!

CONGRATULATIONS

to all of our participants for their impressive totals! Our 40 individual winners of a getfit Koozie® Convertible Tote-Pack Kooler were chosen at random from the 342 participants who submitted log sheets and met the minimum total-steps goal.

Kathleen Briana
Lydia Brosnahan
Michelle Campo
Louise Cox
Marion Cunningham
Angela Daniel
Hallie Dowling Huppert
Tammy Doyle
Radhames Dume
Christopher Eschler
Cheryl Farnum
Roshni Gohil
Donald Grossman
Robert Hatch
Gabrielle Hauray
John Jenkins
Leann Key-Wallace
Regina Lee
Markos Markakis
Charlotte McDonnell
Rebekah McLaughlin
Julie Meng
Eric Miller
Siddharth Nayak
Martina Oktaviani
James Paine
Kendra Percoco
Pam Rerko
Michelle Rhodes
Kimberly Schive
Ruthanne Sheinkopf
Lhakpa Sherpa
Zhiye Song
Rosalie Verwijs
Sarine Vosgueritchian
Philip Weinholtz
Nicole Willits
JoAnne Yates
Xueying Zhao
Joanne Zukowski

Want to become more active?

  • Join our 6-week challenge to increase your daily activity.
  • You might also win one of 40 getfit Koozie® Convertible Tote-Pack Koolers!
  • All you’ll need is an activity tracker, pedometer, or a smartphone, and a log sheet on which you'll record your steps (see below).

Here's what you need to know:

DATES

The challenge begins on Monday, October 3, 2022 and ends on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

MOTIVATION

  • EMAIL: You’ll receive a weekly email with tips for getting in your steps, reminders, and other information for that week.
  • FACEBOOK: Join our private Facebook group where you can get support, share encouragement, celebrate your achievements, and potentially win prizes. After you’ve signed up for the challenge, go to the Facebook group and request to join.
  • SLACK: Use Slack to share exercise ideas and tips, get or share inspiration, connect with the MIT community, and be eligible to win prizes. After you’ve signed up for the challenge, request to join the Slack space as follows:

HONOR SYSTEM

Record the actual number of steps you take every day; you’re on the honor system!

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY

Every participant who submits the recorded minimum number of steps—a 6-week total of 270,000 steps*—will automatically be entered into the random prize drawing. Participants must submit their completed log sheets (see below) by Friday, November 18, 2022 to be eligible for prize drawings.

LOG SHEETS: FALL 2022 CHALLENGE

  • Download the log sheet (.XLS) (.PDF) and save it with your FULL NAME in the file name. Example: Rachel_Bigler_Log_Sheet.xls.
  • Submit your log sheet here.
  • Submissions are due by 11:59pm EDT on Friday, November 18, 2022.
  • Each participant may only submit one log sheet.

DEVICES

  • Don’t have a smartphone? You can pick up an inexpensive pedometer online.
  • Have a smartphone, but don’t own a fitness tracker? No problem. Your smartphone came with a step-tracking app— “Health” for the iPhone, “Google Fit” for Androids. If you’re not a fan of those, we can suggest these other free, downloadable apps:
    • iPhone users: Accupedo Pedometer, Pacer, Stepz, StepsApp Pedometer, StepUp Pedometer, Pedometer++, and Wokamon (this one has a game-like feature to it).
    • Android users: Accupedo Pedometer, Pedometer Step Counter App, StepUp Pedometer, Step Counter, Step Tracker, Walk With Map My Walk, and Wokamon (this one has a game-like feature to it).

IDEAS FOR STEPS

We asked, you answered. The top four ideas for steps from your fellow participants were:

  1. take the long way
  2. walk during lunch breaks
  3. use the stairs
  4. set timers to move around

For more ideas on getting in more steps, see this PDF flyer. We hope these ideas help as you veer towards the finish line!

DOING SOMETHING BESIDES STEPS?

Use this guide (PDF) to convert the time you spend doing common activities into steps.

 

* Wondering how we arrived at 270,000 steps for the total goal? After all, if you hit the goal listed on the log sheet every day of the challenge, you’d have 315,000 steps. But our total goal is somewhat lower, because we know that nobody hits the mark every time, whether we’re talking about steps or anything else in life. We want this program to be encouraging, so, while we’d like people to aim for the goal every day, if you don’t hit it from time to time, that’s okay. Making it to 270,000 steps in 6 weeks shows that you really tried.