Team work in full effect....
So as we come to the end of the 2017 Activity Challenge it’s time to reflect a little and think about the importance of why we do this. Around this time of year now for the last four years we’ve held an annual activity challenge and it’s one of our biggest Health and Wellbeing events of the year.
It’s fair to say the majority of us simply don’t exercise enough and to be blunt, not as active as we should be. Not only is this bad for our physical health, it’s also not good for our mental health and it affects our performance at work. It also affects our safety, if you are suffering any form of ill health – whether physical or mental, you may not focus properly on your job and all too easily we can compromise our safety and the safety of others.
This is why the challenge is so important. Any way we can help increase activity levels is a good thing and that’s the aim of the challenge.
Rob McDonald, Managing Director of Corporate and Business Services, summarise this perfectly below with his thoughts on the Activity Challenge……..
"For me, the most important thing about the Activity challenge is that it makes you think about your current levels of activity. I did the challenge last year and was really surprised at how generally inactive and how few steps a typical working day involves. The challenge underlined for me the importance of exercise outside of work, but also encouraged me to change some habits and try to avoid just sitting at the desk and in meetings all day. I think that this is what the Activity Challenge is really about – not running marathons or breaking world records (unless that’s already your thing). It’s about getting all of us to reflect on our current levels of activity and to give us a bit of a nudge to find a way to do more, in whatever way works for you (even if it’s just a lunchtime walk)".
So fingers crossed there will now be more of us walking at lunchtime, or spending time before or after work doing something active we enjoy. The message is to keep it up and don’t just do it for the four weeks of the challenge. Think about the new habits you may have now formed and instead of reverting back to any old ‘inactive’ lifestyle – just keep it going and make it part of your new lifestyle.
Congratulations and well done to everyone that has taken part this year.