University of Maryland Extension

Get Ready to Walk MD!

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Welcome to Walk MD! This program encourages you to increase your physical activity in a fun, community-oriented way. You may participate as an individual or as a group with others, such as a classroom or youth group such as 4-H.


The goals of this program, which is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension, are to help you:

Develop regular physical activity habits
Get healthier and more physically fit
Have fun!

How does Walk MD work?
As a registered "walker," you will have access to an online activity record that not only tracks actual steps, but also converts other types of physical activity into miles "walked." We want you to get all the credit you deserve for getting more active!

A personalized map will automatically track your miles and show your progress as you virtually travel across the state of Maryland. Along the way you'll discover interesting places and facts about the state and new ways to improve your health. We hope you will be inspired to join us and others in your county as we get more active and become healthier!

If you prefer to engage in other physical activity besides walking, the conversion chart below shows the equivalent in steps-per-minute that your activity would equal based on energy expended.

The chart also shows how long you would need to do that activity to equal one mile walked at a brisk pace. 2,000 steps is approximately equivalent to one mile.

For instance, if you were to bike for 30 minutes and each minute is equal to 187 steps, your activity would be worth a total of 5610 steps. If 2000 steps equals one "walked" mile, then 5610 steps (30 minutes of biking) would be worth 2.8 "walked" miles.

This is an estimate that allows us to easily convert the minutes you do these activities into miles so they can count as part of your "walk" across the state.

It's easy to get started. Just click on the Registration Link and you are on your way! 











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