Physical Activity Miles Goal
Anyone interested in improving their fitness and health is welcome to join. We hope adults, students, and whole families will participate together and that you will invite friends, neighbors and coworkers to join you on this journey to better fitness and health. Emphasis is on becoming physically active and accumulating miles through walking or other activities, like biking, swimming, running, and active sports. Getting started is easy, and consists of three simple steps:
Get a pedometer. With the help of an inexpensive pedometer you can track your physical activity. Pedometers give you immediate feedback on how active, or inactive, you are. They are great motivators and help you track daily progress. Research shows that people who use a pedometer naturally walk more than those without one. Adventists InStep for Life pedometers are available on this site or you may purchase a pedometer at a local sporting goods store. On average, 2000 steps is equivalent to one mile. If you don’t have a pedometer, you can also keep track of minutes of activity. A conversion chart is available on the printable reporting log.
Start walking. The average person is probably already walking one to two miles over the course of a day. The goal is to gradually increase your daily physical activity so that you are walking the equivalent of four to five miles a day or progressing to more vigorous and intense physical activity such as jogging, swimming, biking, as tolerated.
Log your physical activity miles. You are more likely to succeed in increasing your fitness level if you see your progress over time. Download the printable 13-week Physical Activity Log and submit your totals to your local Adventists InStep for Life Coordinator. As you accumulate miles, not only will you improve your health, but you will also be eligible for active lifestyle awards.
Other Resources for Participants:
- Physical Activity is Powerful Medicine
- The Health Benefits of an Active Life
- Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)
- Physical Activity Log
- Monthly Physical Activity Miles Report
- Active Lifestyle Awards
Churches and schools possess a number of unique resources and abilities that make them ideal for fostering physical activity. First, there is a built-in social support network for individuals, couples, families and friends to come together and work toward the common goal of incorporating physical activity into daily life. Also, these institutions often have the open space or tools available to host activities, making them a perfect setting for the Adventists InStep for Life initiative.
- Promoting Physical Activity in Your Organization
- Step into Fitness and Health PowerPoint Presentation for promoting physical activity miles participation
- Physical Activity Participation List (Word)
- Order Pedometers
- Order Medals
- Monthly Physical Activity Miles Report for use in settings where participants turn in miles to Coordinator to submit online on their behalf
- Physical Activity Miles Group Summary (Word)
- Physical Activity Miles Group Summary (Excel)
- Active Lifestyle Award Certificates
- Let’s Move Day
- How to Organize a 5K
The material in this website is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any illness, metabolic disorder, disease or health problem. Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any nutrition or exercise program. Use of the programs, advice and information contained in this website is at the sole choice and risk of the reader.