A new decade has dawned — and perhaps with it, a new you? If getting more exercise was on your New Year’s to-do list, register for getfit@mit, the annual fitness challenge that’s open to the entire MIT community.
Online registration for the 12-week challenge opens on Monday, Jan. 10, at http://getfit.mit.edu and closes on Jan. 27. During getfit@mit, which begins on Jan. 31, teams work toward steadily increasing weekly exercise goals, starting with 150 total minutes in the first week. To register, you must be a member of a team of five to eight people with two co-captains. The co-captains must have e-mail addresses that end in mit.edu, draper.com or broadinstitute.org.
At the 2011 getfit@mit kickoff event from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, in Lobby 10, staff will be on hand to answer questions about registering, finding fitness options on and off campus, and staying in shape this winter. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, check out their fitness levels with some simple screening tests, and enter to win door prizes. The event is free and open to all members of the MIT community.
When registration opens on Jan. 10, participants will see the redesigned getfit@mit website with new features including discussion boards and personal blogs. Users can also enter exercise data in two ways: minutes only, or minutes plus intensity and form of exercise. The website still includes familiar features such as events listings, recipes, tips and resources, and more.
Participation in getfit@mit has grown every year since its inception in 2005. Last year, 2,996 people on 431 teams logged more than 9,400,000 minutes of exercise, so this year’s challenge should easily smash the 3,000-participant and 10-million-minute barriers.
getfit@mit is presented by MIT Medical, the MIT Health Plans, and Community Wellness at MIT Medical, with major sponsorship from MIT's Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER); the MIT Federal Credit Union; and MIT Enterprise Services. getfit@mit also receives generous support from other campus and community organizations.