Though it’s the heart of winter, thousands of people are getting ready to put on their shorts and sneakers for MIT Medical’s annual getfit@mit team-oriented fitness challenge, which officially begins on Jan. 25.
Staff members were on hand in Lobby 10 on Thursday offering getfit@mit sign-up sheets, healthy snacks, free blood pressure checks, and information from the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER). They answered questions and encouraged people to sign up for the 12-week challenge, in which teams of five to eight members exercise for an increasing number of minutes each week. The deadline for team signup is Thursday, Jan. 21.
New this year to getfit@mit is an optional program during registration that matches interested participants with “health buddies” who have a similar profile. Throughout getfit, participants can follow their buddies’ activities and compare progress.
Enhancements to the getfit@mit web site include the ability to track exercise type and intensity in addition to counting minutes. Organizers will also post healthy recipes twice a week to help those who are trying to eat better (or less).
As in past years, participants are eligible for discounts at the Z-Center as well as weekly team and individual prizes, extra contests, and special events.
Last year, almost 2,800 individuals on 393 getfit@mit teams exercised for a total of almost 9 million minutes. More than $5,000 in prizes were awarded.