Active U Rules

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To participate in Active U, you must be a current University of Michigan faculty or staff member, graduate or undergraduate student, retiree, alumni, or spouse/Other Qualified Adult (OQA) of a faculty or staff member. You may participate on your own, or you may join/form a team.

Logging Activity Minutes

In Active U, you are asked to track your physical activity minutes for 12 weeks, January 8 – April 1, 2019. Activity minutes are logged in the Active U tracker. Minutes can be logged manually by selecting “Workout” under Favorites, or by syncing a tracking device or mobile app. Please note that a week in the tracker runs Tuesday through Monday.

Grace Period

You will have a 14-day grace period to log your activity minutes. The program ends on April 1, but you will have up to April 15 to log back two weeksPlease note that a week in the tracker runs Tuesday through Monday.

Activity that "Counts"

“Moderate or vigorous activity that is performed for a minimum of 10 continuous minutes.”

  • Moderate intensity aerobic activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate while still being able to carry on a conversation. Examples are a brisk walk, cycling at moderate speeds, mopping, or light manual yard work.
  • Vigorous intensity aerobic activity causes rapid breathing and a substantial increase in heart rate. Examples include jogging, heavy manual yard work, or aerobic fitness classes like Zumba or spinning.

For a list of recommended types of activities, visit the Sample Exercises page.

Completing Active U

To successfully complete Active U (and be eligible for a T-shirt) you must:

  1. Answer the Active U pre-survey questions (between Dec. 11, 2018 and January 18, 2019)
  2. Reach your weekly minutes goal (minimum is 120 minutes).  Included in this is logging at least 30 minutes per day, at least 3 days per week.
  3. Log successfully (see #2) at least 8 out of the 12 Active U weeks.
  4. Answer the post-program questions (available from March 13- April 15).