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									                               Healthy Gators 2010
                                 Gators on the Go
                            Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the program cost?
Free

When and where can I sign up?
Online registration begins on September 1st on the Healthy Gators 2010 web site at
http://www.healthygators.hhp.ufl.edu/

What is Gators on the go?
It is a campus-wide walking initiative. It was developed out of a greater Gainesville
community-wide walking initiative called "Gainesville on the Go." It is really simple
especially if you don’t think you have time to exercise. First, you select a few favorite US
or European city path and information will be provided on the number of steps it will take
to get there. During the duration of the program you will try to walk enough to make it to
the city you selected and reach your goal of obtaining a health lifestyle.

When does the program begin and end?
The program begins on September 20, 2006 and runs until December 6, 2006.

Who can participate?
All University of Florida faculty, staff and students may participate in the Gators on the
Go program.

What does the program entail?
You can walk, run, swim, bike or whatever you do to exercise, whenever and wherever
you would like. When you are walking or running all you have to do is wear the
pedometer and keep track of your steps that day. If you choose to participate in another
activity you can use our conversion calculator on the web site to convert your activity
into steps. After you have performed your steps each day you may enter them on our
web site in your very own tracking log or you can keep track of your steps on a paper log
and then enter them at the end of the week if that’s more convenient for you.

Who sponsors Gators on the Go?
Gators on the Go is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Performance and the
Healthy Gators 2010 coalition.

Who benefits from Gators on the Go?
All faculty, staff and students can benefit from Gators on the Go. Whether you are a
seasoned or beginning exerciser this program is for you.

Do I need a pedometer to participate in Gators on the Go?
No, you don’t need a pedometer to participate in Gators on the Go you can use our
activity conversion calculator on the Gators on the Go web site to convert your activity
into steps. After you have performed your steps each day you may enter them on the
Gators on the Go web site in your very own tracking log or you can keep track of your
steps on a paper log.

What is a pedometer and how do you use it?
A pedometer records the distance a person walks by responding to the body motion at
each step. Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your daily steps. You should put
it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until you go to sleep. Record your daily
steps under track my progress on our web site once you have registered or record your
steps on a paper log and enter them at the end of the week. By the end of the week you
will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how many steps you get in
each day!

The UF bookstore has the following pedometers available for purchase.

 Oregon Scientific Pedometer & FM Radio
 Product Features:
o       Pedometer with FM radio
o       Measures distance walked & time elapsed
o       Step counter measures 0 to 99,999 steps
o       Digital 12 hour clock
o       HiGlo™ electro-luminescent backlight for easy viewing
o       Count up timer up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds
o       Batteries included: 2 LR44
o       Dimensions: 2.5L x 1.25D x 1.5H (in.)

 Oregon Scientific Pedometer with Calorie Counter
 Product Features:
o       Pedometer with calorie counter
o       Measures distance walked and calories burned
o       Step counter measures 0 to 99,999 steps
o       Digital 12 hour clock
o       HiGlo™ electroluminescent backlight for easy viewing
o       Batteries included: 2 LR44
o       Dimensions: 2.5L x 1.25D x 1.5H (in.)

Although pedometers do serve as a great motivator during the program, participants
don’t need a pedometer to participate, they can use the activity conversion calculator to
convert any activity and the duration of the activity into steps during the program.

How do I log in my steps?
Record your daily steps under track my progress on our web site once you have
registered or record your steps on a paper log and enter them at the end of the week. By
   the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how
   many steps you get in each day!

   What are some of the Web sites features?

   The Gators on the Go Web site allows you to track your progress online, explore the
   health benefits of exercising, healthy recipes, daily email messages of encouragement,
   fitness information, pedometer instructions, proper walking techniques, fitness tips and
   more.

   What are some of the benefits of exercising?
   - Burns calories
   - Strengthens back muscles
   - Slims your waist
   - Strengthens your bones
   - Lowers blood pressure
   - Allows time with family and friends
   - Cuts cholesterol
   - Reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, & more
   - Reduces stress
   - Sleep better
   - Improves mood and outlook on life
   - Can be done almost anywhere

How does walking compare to running?
Walking can provide the same benefits as a running program. General health benefits are
acquired from any walking. For cardio benefits the key is walking fast enough to get your
heart rate up. Walkers may miss fewer days due to injury than runners while achieving
similar improvements in aerobic conditioning.

When should you skip your workout?

1) If you are overly stressed, not getting enough rest, or not well hydrated.

2) If you have additional symptoms (fever, body aches, upset stomach, chest congestion,
swollen glands, etc.), are pregnant, or have other health issues do not exercise until you are
feeling better.

How many calories are burned walking one mile?
This will vary depending on the individual, speed walked, terrain, etc. An average is 100
calories per mile.

How many steps in a mile?
One mile is equal to 5,280 feet. Most people say it takes about 2,000 steps for every mile. Of
course everyone's stride is different. On average it takes between 1,760 and 2,640 steps to
complete one mile. To measure your stride, mark a distance of 50 feet. Now walk this
distance and count your steps. Divide 50 by the number of steps and that is your stride
length. Now, divide 5,280 by your stride length to find your average steps per mile.

What is considered a good fitness walking pace?
An average fitness walking pace is close to a 15-minute mile. But, a good pace will vary
depending on your fitness level, walking technique and walking goals. For general fitness
walking you should walk at a pace that increases your heart rate and you can maintain for 30
to 60 minutes.

There are many ways to increase your daily steps. Use your imagination and come up
with your own list:

   - Take a walk with your spouse, child or friend
   - Walk the dog
   - Use the stairs instead of the elevator
   - Walk to the store or park farther from the store
   - Get up to change the channel
   - Walk over to visit a neighbor

								
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