Approximately two to three times each year, Mayo Clinic employees are given the opportunity to participate in "Walk to Wellness," a walking campaign designed to encourage employees to dedicate time to fitness walking and to improve their overall health.
This past spring, I decided to join the Arizona Employment Teamâ€™s walking group, RWETHEREYET, to put my walking to the test. I am proud to say that I met my goal of 400 minutes in just seven days and by May 4, I'd logged 1,020 minutes of walking! Who knew I had 1,020 minutes in four weeks to dedicate to walking? I sure didnâ€™t.
I know what you are thinking, â€śI definitely donâ€™t have 1,020 minutes in four weeks to walk â€¦ sheâ€™s crazy!â€ť but it really is fairly easy. Our group leader, Yvette Martin, sent us fitness/walking tips each day. Yvetteâ€™s tips were so simple to follow that they made walking easy and fun. For example, â€śwalk your dog and if you donâ€™t have one, rescue one from a local shelterâ€ť or â€śtake the stairs to your next meeting instead of the elevator.â€ť
Yvette also organized a scavenger hunt for our group. The scavenger hunt included items such as, â€śhow many tables are on the patio outside the cafeteriaâ€ť and â€śwhat is the license plate number of the red Mercedes in the employee parking lot.â€ť Many of our group members completed the entire scavenger hunt by using their lunch and break times to find each item. By simply walking on one 10-minute break each weekday for a month, you can walk a total of 200 minutes per month! It really is that simple.
Our groupâ€™s goal was 400,000 steps in a month, but we were able to log 597,974 steps! If we can do it, you can do it. I challenge you to see how many minutes, or steps, you can walk in a month. Good luck!
Bethany M. Rattray works in Human Resources on the Phoenix campus in Arizona