Frequently Asked Questions
Get Fit on Route 66 is a physical activity program with a fun, interactive journey down The Mother Road, the Main Street of America — from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean. You’ll track your progress by recording exercise minutes; 1 minute equals 1 mile on the route (up to a maximum of 90 miles — so that everyone will reach the final destination in about the same time.
Route 66 is 2448 miles. For every minute of activity you log, your classic car will move 1 mile along the route (up to a maximum of 90 miles — so that everyone will reach the final destination within 2-3 weeks of each other). If you record 30 minutes of activity a day, 5 days a week, you’ll complete the program in approximately 16 weeks (most people take 12-17 weeks).
To earn a road sign, you need to log at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Keep in mind, any amount of exercise is good for you, even a brisk 5-minute walk. But aim for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for overall health — and to move along the route at a steady pace.
No. The goal is supporting your efforts to be more active — whether it’s walking, running, cycling, lifting weights, or any of the 40+ activities highlighted in the program.
Yes; Get Fit on Route 66’s self-paced, flexible design fits people of all abilities. If walking isn’t possible, be as active as you can in whatever ways you enjoy. If you’re unsure which activities are best, check with your healthcare provider. The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability offers specific ideas.
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That’s fine. Any activity counts if it gets you moving, increases your heart rate, and works your muscles.
Many people do, but that’s not the main purpose — though active individuals are more likely to maintain a healthy weight than those who are inactive. Being active offers numerous other health benefits, including reduced heart disease risk, decreased cancer risk, less stress, more blood glucose control, slower aging process, improved mood, greater emotional/psychological well-being, and better sleep.
The program’s intent is to motivate everyone to get fit and have fun. You can record your total exercise minutes each day, but the program limits the daily distance you move along the route to 90 miles. This ensures everyone in your group completes the route in approximately the same amount of time (12-17 weeks on average).
Get Fit on Route 66 is designed to encourage people to get out there and move. Some will choose lower-intensity activity like golf, gardening, or bowling. Others will be training for their tenth triathlon. The idea is to challenge yourself — no matter how highly fit or less fit you are.
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