Thanks for participating in the  
100 Million Minutes Challenge of 2019!

Thousands of TOPS members charged up their physical activity in 2019, racking up millions of miles and minutes in response to a challenge announced by TOPS President Rick Danforth.

We Did It, TOPS Nation!

Back in the spring of 2019, TOPS President Rick Danforth challenged us all to move more. Thanks to all who reported your minutes from May 1 to December 31, 2019. For our halfway-to-goal tally, you told us you did everything from Appalachian Trail hikes to Zumba. 

With about half of chapters reporting, we reached 25,876,184 minutes as of August 31. TOPS members love a challenge, so when the call went out to double-down, TOPS Nation responded. 

For the deadline of the March/April 2020 issue of TOPS News, members reported they racked up 99,930,867 minutes by December 31.

You put us over the top with 100,035,977.06 minutes reported for 2019 by January 15, 2020.

Great job everyone!

How the Challenge Worked

In the May/June issue of TOPS News membership magazine, TOPS President Rick Danforth challenged us to increase our physical activity during 2019 by tracking and racking up time spent moving for his 100 Million Minutes Exercise Challenge.


YOU! Be a part of this inspirational initiative by joining a local chapter and experiencing our affordable program, which has been proven effective in independent university studies. A loss of just ten pounds can have significant positive impacts on your health and well-being. Together we can!


TOPS members are tracking minutes of physical activity (any kind counts) from May 1 until December 31, 2019. Earn minutes for activities done individually or as a chapter. Ask family and friends to join you in the challenge. Only member minutes count, but their encouragement and support will be a great contribution to your success and their own healthy lifestyle!


Chapters with participating members were asked to report minutes from May 1 to August 31 by September 9, 2019, and the total of all minutes of physical activity through December 31 by January 8, 2020.


We kept it simple, telling members to just write them down, add them up, and send your chapter total to your Coordinator. No special form needed.

Converting Your Activity Into Minutes

Already Tracking Miles or Steps? No Problem!

If you're already tracking your activity in miles or steps, here's an easy formula for converting them to minutes.

  • You can estimate that it takes roughly 15-20 minutes to walk a mile at a moderate pace. If you want to be more precise, time how long it takes you to walk (or jog, bike or swim) a mile at your usual pace.
  • There are about 2,000 steps in one mile.
  • Divide the steps from your walk by 2,000 to find the number of miles. (Skip this step if you have already tracked your miles.)
  • Multiply your miles by the number of minutes it takes you to complete a mile.

If you walked 5 miles (10,000 steps), and it takes you 20 minutes to walk a mile, you would have 100 minutes of activity (5 miles x 20 minutes per mile = 100 minutes).


Tips and Ideas to Up Your Activity Level

It's always a good idea to mix up your exercise routine from time to time. Here are some ideas to get you moving in a whole new direction!


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Members, here are just a few of the resources available to you when you sign in to your free TOPS account.

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