RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye YMCA is hosting the "100 Day Step Challenge."
The idea, from Laura Tiedge, the Y’s Senior Director of Healthy Living, is a step challenge as part of the centennial activities for the Rye YMCA. With dozens of pedometers distributed to participants, the challenge is on. And if you prefer aquatics, then try a "100 miles in 100 Days Swim Challenge." Although both challenges started in January, new participants are encouraged to join any time.
"Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2014? Is there still room for improvement? You are not alone," representatives said. "Like others, you may have discovered that lifestyle changes are more effective with small incremental steps. That is the idea behind the Rye YMCA’s 100 Day Step Challenge."
Tiedge was prompted to implement both challenges from research showing that people with sedentary jobs, even if they exercise regularly, are still at risk for heart disease.
“One goal of the step challenge is to help us become aware of how much we actually move," she said in a release. "Then, we can learn to see our day differently and create simple change. Ideally, this springboard to new activities will sustain the moving habit.”
YMCA member David Gammon was at 2500 steps in his third day of the challenge.
“I am just beginning my workout, so that should get me close to the goal,” he said. “The program is increasing my awareness and giving more purpose to my workout.”
Another participant, Cadie Robertson, found that quantifying her steps was fun. The first day she had 6400 steps without changing her habits.
To participate in the challenge, residents are encouraged to stop by the Rye Y Member Services Desk and register. Participants in the step challenge can purchase a Rye Y Centennial pedometer for $10 while the supply lasts. Both challenges run until April 24.