The 1,000-Point Challenge is an extremely popular incentive program that has evolved considerably over the years. It began in September 2002 as the Distance Challenge in which participants were “challenged” to complete a certain distance on the aerobic equipment of their choice for 10 weeks. Back then, it was offered once in the fall and once in the spring and the choice of equipment was limited to one of four types (a bike, treadmill, rower or stairclimber). In September 2003, it was changed to the 30-Day Distance Challenge and remained as such until September 2007 when it was changed to the Cardio Challenge. The 1,000-Point Challenge “came on-line” in February 2008 in its current format as a five-week incentive program that’s offered twice in the fall and twice in the spring and permits the use of all physical activities.
Participants earn points for doing any type of physical activity (with one minute of activity equaling one point). They can walk, swim, lift weights, take a group fitness class or do any other type of physical activity that’s preferred. Participants complete 200 minutes of activity each week for five weeks to achieve 1,000 points.
Participants can pick up a card (to keep track of their points) in the Stephens Fitness Center by the first date of each challenge. Or, participants can access a card for any challenge by using the link below and print it on their own.
A choice of prizes – such as a T-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, pedometer or mug – is awarded to all participants who complete 1,000 minutes of activity over the course of five weeks. Cards must be submitted to the fitness staff after the last week of each challenge.