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Fitness and Physical Health

Well-U supports employees interested in adding activity to their daily routines, reaching their fitness goals, and improving their overall physical health.

Stream New Fitness and Well-Being Classes

Well-U offers free access to Studio Sweat on Demand, a virtual fitness and well-being platform. Work out anytime with a selection of over 1,800+ videos each week. There are class options available for all fitness levels and goals including: yoga, stretching, bootcamp, Pilates, HIIT, barre, sculpt, and more. Stream live classes or watch on your schedule with on-demand options. In addition to virtual workouts, you will also have access to bonus content including Les Mills on Demand®, mindful meditations, and scenic virtual experiences.

*Eligibility for Studio Sweat on Demand includes all full and part time employees.

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More Fitness Opportunities

Whether you’re motivated by working out in a group setting or would prefer to get fit on your own, we have programs and resources in addition to our Studio Sweat on Demand library that will suit your needs, including:

Explore these options below, and learn how to stay active at work and beyond.

More resources, programs, and ideas

Whether you’re looking to round-up co-workers for walking meetings, find workout programs you can do on your own, or get in extra steps throughout the day, Well-U can support you in your goals.

Offered virtually for your convenience!

New to running, or looking to run with a group? Join Well-U and Max Effort Training for an eight-week training program designed for beginners. This program is for any new runners or those looking to get back into running.

Dates: 

Second session: September 10 – October 29, 2022 – Registration coming soon

Location and details:

Genesee Valley Park

Saturdays, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

1 group per session, up to 25 people can register

FREE for employees

Program includes:

  • Weekly runs with Max Effort Training coaches
  • Virtual access to the running coach throughout the week
  • Weekly tips

All regular full and part-time University of Rochester faculty and staff are eligible to participate in this program. There is no cost to participate!

To learn more, email well-u-info@rochester.edu or explore frequently asked questions about this program.

Eligible employees have the opportunity to participate in these lifestyle management programs at no cost.

Fitness 101: Get started (5 group sessions)

Learn the benefits and basic components of physical activity, discover how to prevent injury and manage recovery, and explore personal challenges to staying motivated. Program includes modified in-session workout. Find a class.

Fitness 201: Get stronger (6 individual sessions)

Temporarily postponed

Develop a strength training program with expert supervision of goal-setting and form from a certified personal trainer. Sessions include assessments and guided personalized workouts. Email urwell.lifestyle@urmc.rochester.edu to request information and enroll.

A little extra walking each day can provide extraordinary health benefits. This includes the walk from a parking lot to your workspace!

Look for signs

Look for signs around University parking lots displaying calories burned walking between designated parking lots and entrances.

Get the most steps in by parking in the designated Park & Stride spaces in Lot 1 and Lot 9.

Park & Stride Map: Burning Calories

Click on the colored paths below to see how far you walk and calories burned walking from your lot to designated entrances in the Medical Center. Calories burned are calculated for a 150-lb person walking 3 mph.

Not only do walking meetings help you build team spirit and improve your health, they also inspire creativity and can help you solve problems faster.

Tips for organizing a successful walking meeting

  • Organize everything you’ll need for the meeting ahead of time
  • Make sure everyone knows to wear comfortable shoes
  • Consider having the meeting early in the workday to set the tone for the day, or later in the afternoon to give everyone an energy boost
  • Figure out how long your meeting should be and plan your route
  • Check the weather beforehand

Walking paths

Explore walking path maps in the PDFs below.

Ergonomics ensures that your workspace physically fits you. Are you sitting at your desk correctly? Is your chair at the right height? Is your screen an appropriate distance from your face? This helps keep you physically healthy and safe.

Request an ergonomic screening from the Environmental Health & Safety department.

Did you know?

Walking 3 or more hours per week can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 35% when compared to not walking at all.

20 minutes of walking per day can burn 7 pounds of body fat every year for the average 155-pound person.

Less than 50% of American adults exercise enough to gain any health benefits.

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