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Adventure Out: Turning Over a New Leaf

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is Adventure Out? 

A:  Adventure Out is a month-long outdoor fitness campaign to encourage residents to visit Charleston City parks for exercise. Exercising outdoors or “green exercise” has many additional benefits to indoor fitness activities, including stress management, improved self-esteem and mood, increased frequency of exercise, and improved sense of well-being.

Q:  How did it get started?

A:  Mutual interests among the partners led to a shared vision to promote the green exercise trend, given the research showing its additional benefits, including stress management, improved self-esteem and mood, increased frequency of exercise, and improved sense of well-being. We wanted to share these benefits with the public in a fun way that motivates individuals and families to Adventure Out.

Q:  What is the cost and how long does it run?

A:  With the purchase of a $10 Adventure Out t-shirt or $15 tank top, participants will have access to over 25 free fitness and activity classes. The campaign runs from May 1 – May 31, 2014.

Q:  How do you sign up?

A:  T-shirts can be purchased (cash or check only) at the following locations:

MUSC Office of Health Promotion – 17 Ehrhardt St., Suite 5 – call 792-9536 for pick up times.

MUSC Wellness Center – 45 Courtenay Drive, Main Membership Desk, 792- 5757 – ask for Janis Newton

City of Charleston Recreation - 823 Meeting St. 724-7330, ask for Bernadette or Delores

By mail:

MUSC Office of Health Promotion

17 Ehrhardt St., Suite 5 MSC 205

Charleston, SC 29425

Additional dates/locations: TBA

Q:  How do you get admission to classes?

A:  Your Adventure Out shirt is your ticket at the days and locations listed in the Adventure Out calendar. Each participant must have a t-shirt with them (you do not have to wear it for every class). If you forget your t-shirt you will have to purchase another t-shirt at the class location.

Q:  What are the benefits of outdoor workouts?

A:  Outdoor exercise makes people happier, less fatigued and angry, more tranquil and relaxed, and provides a more lasting energy boost compared to indoor exercise. Even five minutes of green exercise (like walking across a park or campus) is likely to boost self-esteem and mood. Green exercise is experienced as more restorative and is more likely to increase a person's frequency of exercise compared to indoor exercise, and all these effects are enhanced with both duration and intensity of outdoor exercise.

Q:  Do you have to be fit to take the classes?

A:  No, classes are designed for all fitness levels so you can workout at a level of intensity that is appropriate for you. We do suggest that if you haven’t been exercising, are over 50 and/or have a pre-existing condition that may cause risk of illness or injury during exercise, that you consult your physician before participating in Adventure Out programs. Click here to download class descriptions. 

Q: Are children allowed to participate?

A: Children under 12 are permitted to participate for free with paid adult but must be listed on parent waiver.

Q:  Who are the sponsors?

A:  The Adventure Out program is a partnership among the Medical University of South Carolina Office of Health Promotion and Wellness Center, City of Charleston Parks and Recreation and Lighten Up Charleston.. Each partner brings valuable input - the Office of Health Promotion had the vision and the desire to promote outdoor fitness to MUSC and the community, MUSC Wellness Center had the fitness experts and instructors, and the City had the facilities and staff to support the program.  All have something unique to contribute that together; hopefully will translate into a healthier community.