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Challenge bolsters fitness motivation

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BYU-Idaho Wellness Activities is in the early stages of its 9-Week Challenge, offered from May 11 to July 11.

“It is a fitness program that will help people make goals and achieve those goals,” said Jacob Cazier, manager of the event and a junior studying exercise physiology.

The challenge is to exercise three hours a week for 9 weeks and attend one Wellness Activities evening fitness class per week.

Participants must also attend at least one fitness workshop during the 9-week period.

Those who complete the challenge receive a free T-shirt, according the 9- Week Challenge Web page.

“The real reward is helping people to become active,” Cazier said.

Cazier said the event is a tool to help motivate people to become healthier.

Kristin Havron, manager of the event and a senior studying health science, said any exercise is acceptable to complete the challenge. It is up to the participants to choose whatever sport, activity, exercise or routine is comfortable for them.

“Do whatever exercise — biking, yoga, running, swimming — for nine weeks,” Havron said.

Havron said there is a lot of freedom as far as choices are concerned and, outside of the minimum requirements to complete the challenge, participants are free to make a schedule for themselves.

“For a lot of people, it is hard, especially taking classes,” Havron said. “It is hard to have a schedule. So you can make your own schedule.”

Cazier said sign-ups are available online, at the booth in the Hyrum Manwaring Center or the Amphitheater Quad. Any questions regarding the challenge can be emailed to Cazier, who monitors participants progress.

Additional information about the 9-Week Challenge and any other wellness activities can be found on the Wellness Activities Web page on

Students who choose to utilize the Fitness Center on campus to complete the 9-Week Challenge must always wear BYU-I approved clothing according to the Web page.

Cazier said the purpose of this activity is to help people make lifelong habits and to help students become aware of what activities are offered on campus.

“It’s about giving people a variety and options,” Havron said. “We want to make students aware of what the campus has to offer and let them know there is more to do.”

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