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Make your fitness resolutions stick

Could you use help following through on your New Year’s resolutions to get healthy and in shape? Two programs from UCLA Recreation — I ♥ Walking Week and the 2009 Now's the Time Fitness Challenge — may be just the motivators you need.

I ♥ WALKING WEEKI love walking week 2008

Get in step with other staff, faculty and students during a series of guided walks Feb. 10-13. Sponsored by UCLA Recreation in association with UCLA Transportation and the UCLA Health System, I ♥ Walking Week “is about increasing your physical wellness and also reducing your carbon footprint,” said Nicole Keller, fitness and health promotions coordinator for UCLA Recreation.

Now in its third year, the event keeps growing, said Keller. Participation last year – 500 people registered, 86 percent of them staff and faculty – was triple that of the first year. Keller said another jump in participation is anticipated this year, due to growing concerns about fitness and health.

“We’ve all become aware of the obesity epidemic that plagues our nation and is having devastating effect on our quality of life,” Keller said. “We’re trying to help people harness the time we have at lunch to get moving.”

Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 10-12, guided walks will be offered starting at noon, 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. All walks will be led by trained members of UCLA Recreation’s Fit Squad. The Tuesday walks will start at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. On Wednesday, walkers will meet at the Lot 36 campus shuttle stop. On Thursday, the walks begin at the base of Janss Steps.

On Friday, Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., I ♥ Walking invites you to walk 1 to 5 miles at the home of UCLA’s track-and-field stars, Drake Stadium. Carol Block, wife of Chancellor Gene Block, plans to join the walks on Thursday and Friday. The Finale Event will also feature a fair with information and vendor booths, and drawings for prizes that include an iPod Nano or a pair of round-trip tickets on American Airlines.

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Register here until Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. After Feb. 12, you may register at any of the 30-minute guided walks. Participants receive a free event t-shirt (while they last); pick up your t-shirt at the FITWELL Services Desk in the John Wooden Center.

You can also register for iWorkout, which helps staff and faculty learn more about fitness and track their progress online. If you're new to iWorkout, you will receive a free “tool kit,” which includes a pedometer to track the number of steps you walk, a stretching towel, an exercise band and an informational booklet. You’ll need to pick up your tool kit in person at the Wooden Center's FITWELL Service Desk.
 
2009 NOW'S THE TIME FITNESS CHALLENGE 2009 Now's the time fitness challenge logo

The Fitness Challenge, which starts this week and runs for nine weeks through March 30, will set you on the path to making exercise and healthy eating a regular habit, said UCLA Recreation's Keller. In particular, she said, the challenge encourages participants to use all four components of the iWorkout fitness regimen.

“A lot of us focus on one element of our health — cardio, for instance,”  Keller said. “We’re trying to get people to discover that if you do cardio, strength training and stretches and you also eat right, the impact on your overall health is fourfold.”
Participants will receive a free 2009 Now’s the Time Fitness Challenge t-shirt and become eligible to win prizes as they achieve workout milestones. The challenge website sets out specific goals and guidelines for reaching goals:

• Cardio: Walking 10,000 steps — about four miles — five days a week.
• Resistance training (also known as weight training): Performing three sets of three different resistance exercises five days a week.
• Flexibility: Performing three sets of stretches every other day.
Nutrition: Eating three-to-five servings of vegetables and fruits at least five days a week. 
 
You can register for iWorkout online, then find the Fitness Challenge under “iWorkout Events” button or register at this website.  
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