TRI the Challenge – Summer: Acknowledging Your Accomplishments

As we head into the later stages of Tri the Challenge-Summer and you move closer to your completion goal, we congratulate all of you on your accomplishments and commitment to a healthy lifestyle! This week we would like to take a step back to reflect, acknowledge your accomplishments and learn a little bit more about the health benefits of participating in Tri the Challenge.

Distance Traveled

At the conclusion of Tri the Challenge-Summer, you will have traveled 140.6 miles in total. This is nearly the exact distance from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI! Here are some other interesting facts related to the distance of each specific endurance event you completed:

  • Bike – 112 miles: This is nearly two times the distance from Earth to outer space (62 miles).
  • Run/Walk – 26.2 miles: The exact distance of a marathon race. Completing a marathon as only part of Tri the Challenge-Summer demonstrates your commitment to being active and healthy this summer.
  • Swim – 2.4 miles: The size of what is widely seen as the largest organism on earth, a honey fungus, growing across in the Blue Mountains of Oregon.
  • Row – 19,130 meters: The distance of Daytona International Speedway’s tri-oval track. The front straight away is 1,200 meters and the back straight (or super stretch) is 910 meters long.
Health Benefits

The process of physically completing Tri the Challenge-Summer has a numerous health benefits associated that coincide with exercise and your commitment to health. Here are some of the ways that you may have benefited:

  • Cardiovascular Health Promotion – A good working cardiovascular system is essential to our health. Triathlon training supports a healthy cardiovascular system by strengthening your heart and promoting healthy arteries. This in turn helps reduce the effects of atherosclerosis by preventing and sometimes even reversing plaque buildup on artery walls. Other benefits to your cardiovascular system through triathlon training include reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) and increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and improved ability by the heart to pump blood to vital body tissue.
  • Improved Brain Health – When we exercise, studies show that the body increases blood flow to the brain, which contributes to positive structural and functional changes. This results in improved coordination and connection between the brain and body. Training may also have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing. By taking the initiative to improve your physical health, you may start to improve your perspective of self, based on what you are able achieve and how far you are able to push your body.  This helps to promote feelings of wellbeing and accomplishment.
  • Additional Benefits – Other notable benefits may include: reduction in overuse injury risk through adding variety to exercise, weight loss, increase in energy, and improving your ability to overcome barriers to success.

As a reminder, Tri the Challenge-Summer will come to a close at the conclusion of 8-weeks on September 22, 2019. Remember to either mail your completed tracker to Wellness Options at Work (MC 6715) or scan/email to wellness@uwhealth.org. Congratulations to all Tri the Challenge-Summer participants and best of luck as you head towards the finish line in the next few weeks!

Resource: Three Health Benefits of Triathlon Training

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