The BYU-Idaho Wellness Center offers the 9-Week Fitness Challenge to students and faculty as a motivational tool to jump-start their weekly exercise routines.
The challenge began on May 13 and those participating have until July 13 to complete the challenge.
Participants are required to participate in one Wellness Center evening fitness class and exercise three hours a week for the nine total weeks of the challenge.
They also must attend one of the offered Wellness workshops and record their progress online at a site provided by the Wellness department.
Classes offered and included in the challenge include Yoga, Zumba, cycling and Rock Hard Abs. Going to one of these classes counts toward the three hours of workout time required per week.
All are welcome to accept the challenge to complete the intensive program, which according to the Wellness Center website will ultimately encourage healthier habits and help them achieve their fitness goals.
The workshops instruct the challengers on how to realistically continue healthy habits long after they complete the 9-Week Fitness Challenge.
One of the offered workshops this semester is Metabolism and Body Movement, which teaches health principles based on how exercise affects the way we digest food.
Cameron Smith, a junior studying English, said he participated in last semester’s 9-week challenge.
“I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. It helped keep me motivated to workout and pushed me most weeks to exceed the amount of work hours that they were actually requiring me to put in,” Smith said.
A list of the required fitness classes available during the 9-week challenge can be found on the Wellness Activities website.
The ultimate goal of the 9-week program is to help contribute to the overall health and quality of life of the BYU-Idaho campus community while providing students of a variety of disciplines with leadership opportunities and skill development, according to the Wellness Center’s website.