GUSteps Competition Kicks-offs
Kuwait City, XX April 2021: GUST’s Athletics Department launched the GUSteps challenge, a walking competition aimed at encouraging everyone to exercise during the holy month of Ramadan. The competition also aims to promote an overall healthy lifestyle in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and government curfew restrictions.
The competition is tracked through the use of the “Movespring” app, where users interested in participating download the application and enter their credentials including GUST as their affiliate institution. From there, users link their own personal fitness trackers to the app so that each individuals steps date is collected and aggregated to show the daily and weekly results of all participants.
To further encourage the community in competing the Athletics Department has set a target goal for participants to hit weekly, starting at 60 thousand steps for the first week which a gradual increase of 30 thousand steps each week, ending at 150 thousand steps on the final week of Ramadan. Each week the participants who have reached the weekly qualify to enter a raffle to win an iPhone. With a major prize allocated to this who complete 420 thousand steps by entering a raffle for an iPad.
Head of Athletics, Ms. Bibi Abdulkareem said “I am proud to be a part of this project and proud to see the amount of GUST students, faculty, staff, and even alumni, sign up and participate. This competition is critical is promoting a healthy lifestyle but also in encouraging others to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. With the use of technology, we have been able to do this all from a distance without having any physical sign ups. I am grateful for everyone who has had a helping hand in making this competition a success.”
The challenge is a testament to the Athletics Department goal to further engage the community through events such as GUSteps and the “Live Workout Series” on Zoom, with Mr. Ahmad Al-Shammari, which also is ongoing during this holy month.
To participate and join the GUSteps challenge, download the Movespring application on your smartphone, input your credentials and required data to register, then use the code “GUSteps”.