ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

2017 Activity Challenge

One of the simplest ways to look after your health is to be as active as possible. So this year's activity challenge is all about making things SIMPLE. No gimmicks, no fuss and just one simple message - aim to achieve 10,000 steps a day. That's it!

Official government health guidelines recommend 150 minutes of physical activity a week. That's 30 mins a day, at least 5 days a week of moderate intensity activity - such as brisk walking.

There are only benefits to exercise. If we neglect it, our health will suffer as a consequence. There's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help us lead a healthier and happier life. People who are regularly active have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Basically there are no disadvantages to being physically active!

10,000 steps a day!

The average person walks between 3,000 - 4,000 steps a day. So this year’s Activity Challenge is all about trying to get as many people to increase that to 10,000 steps a day. If you're already doing that then great, keep up the good work! If you're not, the activity challenge and walking in particular is a fun and leisurely way to become more physically active and build up slowly to the 10,000 a day target. It's that simple - make sure you get involved in this year's challenge.

Register now and help us donate £1000 to Cancer Research

To help get you inspired, we have a target number of people we want to register for this year's challenge. If we reach the target, we will donate £1,000 to Cancer Research. We won't tell you until the target has been reached, so just make sure you register and help ensure we make that £1,000 donation.

Your chance to win a Fitbit!

The first 2,500 employees to register for this year's challenge will be put into a draw to win a Fitbit Flex 2. We will pick 50 names at random once we have 2,500 names registered so don't delay and get your registration in as quickly as possible.

There will also be a further 50 Fitbits up for grabs during the challenge. Everyone who participates will have the opportunity to win one of these fantastic wireless tracking devices so keep an eye out for blogs and communications once the challenge has started and find out how you can get your hands on a Fitbit Flex 2.

How does it work?

  • Registration open until Friday 21 April
  • Registration code SSEAC2017
  • Start Date of challenge Monday 24 April
  • End Date of challenge Sunday 21 May
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • You can participate individually or as a team of up to 5
  • You will receive a badge if you achieve the 10,000 steps a day target
  • Use your own pedometer, fitness device or mobile phone app to track your steps. We will not be issuing pedometers this year so you have the flexibility to use your own device, smart phone app or last year's pedometer if you still have it
  • You can convert steps from other forms of exercise, this will be explained on the website
  • Log your steps via the activity challenge website https://activitychallenge.sse.com/
  • If you fancy being competitive, use the leader boards to track your progress, encourage your team or challenge colleagues

Please ensure you participate safely

You should always consult your doctor or medical practitioner before you become physically active. Please follow any advice provided by the SSE Activity Challenge website, app or emails. If you suffer from any medical condition, are taking any medication, receiving any medical treatment or are pregnant please seek advice from your general practitioner or doctor before starting to follow an exercise plan.