Registration for “Fit in 15,” a self-directed exercise program, is underway.
The program encourages Duke staff and faculty to exercise for at least 30 minutes for 15 days between April 6 and May 3. LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke’s employee wellness program, created Fit in 15 to encourage the Duke community to commit to an exercise plan.
Fit in 15 participants receive weekly emails with workout ideas and motivational tips. LIVE FOR LIFE will also reward employees who complete the challenge with 50 LIVE FOR LIFE Dollars, Monopoly-like money to buy a range of merchandise at the LIVE FOR LIFE Store.
“As we work from home and find our gyms closed due to COVID-19, fitting in fitness is even more important than usual,” said Christian Kennicott, fitness specialist for LIVE FOR LIFE. “Any amount of exercise can provide some needed balance to your day or improve your well-being.”
The Fit in 15 program is based on the American Heart Association’s recommendation that adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity, which reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Alicia Guzman, staff specialist for Duke Accounts Payable, will participate in Fit in 15 as motivation to complete more workouts.
Guzman has been going on two to three walks a day around her neighborhood in southeast Durham. Her goal is to reach 12,000 steps a day. She anticipates Fit in 15 will motivate her to complete ab exercises and use free weights as well.
“It’s been hard with everything going on to prioritize working out,” Guzman said. “Just knowing Fit in 15 is coming makes me want to push myself more.”