Climb IU

An Online Challenge to Move More Throughout the Day!
For IU Employees and Spouses
January 22, 2018 - February 9, 2018


Climb IU is an online challenge to encourage IU employees and their spouses to move more throughout the day! Moving throughout the day re-energizes our minds and bodies, and it’s important to our health. For this challenge, create a team or fly solo as you work toward your movement goals. This year’s incentive for those who register is a Climb IU t-shirt (while supplies last).

Taking the stairs can be fun and convenient, and it's one of many ways to accomplish workday movement! For Climb IU, there are two options for participation:

  • Participate by climbing stairs: Those who will participate in Climb IU by taking the stairs will count every 12 stairs climbed as a flight.
  • Participate by active minutes: Those who will participate in Climb IU by active minutes will count every 3 minutes of physical activity (stretching, walking, moving as able) as a flight. 
  • How to Register

    You can participate on a team or as an individual!

    Register between December 1, 2017 and January 18, 2018. 

    Team Notes:

    • There's no limit to how many people can be on a Team.
    • Ask your coworkers and colleagues if there is an existing team you can join, or start your own team by asking coworkers and/or your spouse to join you!
    • Make sure you have a Team Representative and a Team Name — you'll need these when you register. The Team Representative will be the point person if Healthy IU has a question for your Team.
    • Every Team Member will need to register themselves. This year, everyone will receive their own Personal Online Tracker via e-mail on the first day of Climb IU, January 22, 2018. There will not be online team trackers like last year's Climb IU, but there are still paper team trackers for a visual reminder!

    IMPORTANT: When registering, make sure you spell your Team Name exactly the same as everyone else on your team! That way, you will be grouped together in Climb IU results. 

  • The Goal

    Setting Goals
    When participants receive their Personal Online Tracker, they will be able to set a weekly goal. There are two options for the goal:

    • Personalized Goal: Set a climbing goal of your choice!
    • Bicentennial Goal: This goal is to climb up 198 flights of stairs over three workweeks. Why 198? We want to climb 200 flights in honor of the IU Bicentennial in 2020, so we'll be increasing our goal by 1 flight per year until we reach 200 flights for 200 years of IU. That breaks down to about 66 flights per workweek, or about 13 flights per workday. In an 8-hour workday, that's about 1.5 flights per hour, or about 18 stairs  / 4.5 active minutes. (Remember, for those participating by climbing stairs, a flight is 12 stairs. For those participating by active minutes, a flight is 3 active minutes.)

    Listen to your body! 
    If you are new to stair climbing or physical activity, listen to your body and set your flight goal accordingly! The motto, "no pain, no gain" does NOT apply here! Physical activity should make you feel great. It's a wonderful thing to listen to your body and go at YOUR pace. We hope taking the stairs and moving throughout the workday becomes a hard habit to break — a part of your daily routine even after the challenge is over. 

  • Why Participate?

    Participate in Climb IU to:

    • Stay active during cold winter months (no gym required!)
    • Bust stress and boost creativity with stair-climbing or active minute microbreaks
    • Save energy by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking the long way
    • Build camaraderie by creating or joining a team, or reach personal milestones as an individual
    • Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
  • Incentive

    Climb in Style!

    Those who register will receive a Climb IU t-shirt (while supplies last). T-shirts will be sent via Campus Mail. If you are a Spouse, register with the IU Employee's Campus Mailing Address to make sure you receive your t-shirt.

  • How Do I Track My Flights?

    This year, everyone will receive their own Personal Online Tracker via e-mail on the first day of Climb IU, January 22, 2018. Heads up for Team participants: There will not be online team trackers like last year's Climb IU, so it's important that everyone who wants to participate registers. (For those who are interested, team and individual results will still be shared. Printable team trackers are available!) 

    Participants will track the number of flights they have climbed in their Personal Online Tracker. Every time you add flights to your tracker, you'll want to click the "Save" button. Follow the instructions in the tracker when you want to add more flights, or move on to the next week of Climb IU.

    Please make sure to update your Personal Online Tracker as often as you can, especially if you want to see your progress in the results! Some people prefer to track their flights right after they climb, some like to do it at the end of each day, and some like to do it about once a week. You can keep track on paper to help you remember, too.  (Download a paper tracker for Individuals or Teams.)

    Convert your active minutes or stairs climbed to flights with the Flight Calculator!


  • Tips for Climb IU

    1. Have fun!
    2. The spirit of this stair-climbing challenge is to move more throughout the workday.
    3. For those participating by climbing stairs: Count flights that you climb up (not down). And 1 flight = any set of 12 stairs (they do not have to be consecutive).
    4. For those participating by active minutes: 3 minutes of activity (stretch, walk, etc. — move as able!) = 1 flight. Remember, the spirit of the challenge is to find ways to be active throughout the workday!

    If you have questions, check out the FAQs or e-mail

  • Printable Trackers & Climb Reminders

    Many of us need a visual cue to help us remember to climb.

    Try one of the following, or create your own!

    Printable Trackers

    • Individual Tracker: Keep it somewhere that will remind you to climb!
    • Team Tracker: Post it in a common area for your team! (designed to fit best on legal-size paper, 8.5x14")

    Desktop Backgrounds

    Try it! Just click the link, right-click the image that appears, and select "set as desktop background."
    More tips for changing your desktop background: Windows | Mac


  • Climb for a Cause

    Need motivation? You may want to consider climbing for a cause. Research indicates individuals exercising for a philanthropic cause are more motivated to overcome barriers. Read more.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions »
How can I be a great teammate? »
Get some stair climbing safety tips »
Why take the stairs? And tips for incorporating more movement in your workday »

Questions? E-mail