Healthy Planet 2010: Physical activity

February 2, 2010

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What has the ability to lift your mood, boost your energy level and improve your sleep? The same thing that can help improve cardiovascular function, build muscle, improve flexibility and combat chronic diseases: exercise.

The Purdue campus offers many avenues for faculty and staff to fit physical activity into their day, from working out at the Recreational Sports Center to participating in one of WorkLife Program's walking sessions.

In addition, Healthy Planet 2010 brings opportunities to get moving with the Walk to the Moon challenge. For this week only, anyone with a valid Purdue ID can use the track in Lambert Fieldhouse for walking and jogging from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and exercise in the Recreational Sports Center during normal operational hours.

Recreational Sports Center
The Recreational Sports Center facilities offer faculty and staff a comprehensive recreational sports program. The RSC houses the Colby Fitness Center in its lower level and other indoor facilities for badminton, basketball, handball, martial arts, racquetball, roller/floor hockey, soccer, squash, table tennis, volleyball, and wallyball. Outdoor facilities include areas for basketball, horseshoes, tennis and sand volleyball. Members also may participate in group classes, informal sports, intramural sports and club sports.
The Boilermaker Aquatic Center also is open to RSC members.
Information about activities and membership is available at

WorkLife Programs Walking Program
This 12-week walking program features a 30-minute walk, as well as a stretching session afterward, in a group format designed to offer support and motivation. Sessions are available on Mondays starting Feb. 8 and Tuesdays starting Feb. 9. People may participate in one or both weekly sessions if desired. More information and registration are available at

Walk to the Moon
Members of the Purdue and local communities are being challenged to track their steps or miles as they work together to accumulate the approximately 477,714,000 steps or 238,857 miles needed to travel from the Earth to the moon. Those interested in participating can register for the event at Participants log their steps or miles throughout the week at the same site.
Other forms of physical activity also will count toward the goal. A conversion chart will be available at the Walk to the Moon site.

Additional activities
* Plan your walk or run with one of the maps provided on the Rec Sports Web site.
* Schwartz Tennis Center
* Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex
* Union Rack & Roll