Join the Vilnius University Summer Challenge! It's a challenge that has been running for seven years in a row with regard to physical activity. The project was born after Vilnius University Health and Sport Centre coined a pilot project in 2016 and the initiative was nominated among three most innovative academic sport projects in Europe.
The aim of the project is to increase physical activity within academic community by challenging it into associating academic world with active lifestyle, and physical activity with fun! VU Summer Challenge provides means for Community members from different faculties and departments to register their physical activity (with the help of Strava app) during the Summer. The registration starts on the 1st of June and finishes on the 31st of August! The project focuses on the social snow-ball effect idea that results bring out more results and, in other words: competing with oneself, one’s teammates and one’s rivals motivates and unites the competitors for a common goal of a healthy life-style!
The whole thing is very simple:
1. If you are logging in for the first time, sign up first.
2. After registering and clicking on the link that was sent to your mail (which you used during the registration), you will return to the registration window - enter your login details on the right side (you can use this data every time you want to log in, or save your password).
3. After logging in, you enter a virtual game space, which is open from the 1st of June until 31st of August. Enter at least one active minute in the Strava app (be sure to make your profile public and indicate the intensity of the activity) and you're already participating in the Project!
After registering your first result you can see it on graphic charts that visualise the context of overall physical activity within the academic world of the project. One of the charts will depict your individual data day by day, another one will show the results of your colleagues, students or teachers in your team, another chart will visualise all teams within the University. Who knows, you might find out that librarians row a lot and mathematicians love biking, or vice versa! After signing you will find a menu of options to choose from (walking, running, biking, swimming, canoeing, weightlifting, basketball, football and many more) - it's easy! However, some of the physical activity types might be unexpected - such as gardening, house work, park games with your kids and so on. Have you ever tried painting your ceiling? That's really tough and it certainly has to be counted in for the benefit of your team.
Not to mention all the additional contests and competitions that you must definitely take part in and receive the prizes. There will also be plenty of various articles, photos and videos depicting how colourful academic sports can be done during the Summer!