Taking a Step Towards Better Health

You’ve heard it hundreds of times: “sitting too much is bad for your health” or even read dramatic headlines stating that: “sitting is the new smoking.” While that may be an extreme way to put it, the truth is that many of us spend too many waking hours sitting; at our desks, in our cars, on the couch, etc., for extended periods of time, which cause a whole host of health issues. Fortunately, that can be changed! For that reason, we decided it was time to start an 10,000 step challenge in our office.

Fall time brings the perfect weather (for the most part) to get outside and do some leaf crunching, so why not take advantage of it while we can. The idea was inspired by the STEPtember challenge put on by Cerebral Palsy associations worldwide. Although we found out about their challenge a bit too late this year, we’re still revving up our FitBits and doing our own challenge for 3 weeks!

Why?

  1. We all need to sit less and move more
  2. We want to raise awareness for those affected by CP and other mobility disorders
  3. It takes approximately 3 weeks to form a habit
  4. 10,000 steps a day equals 150 minutes of exercise, which satisfies CDCs activity recommendation

Having said that, no challenge would be complete without a few prizes to entice some friendly competition. A big thank you goes out to Sephora and David’s Tea at Pacific Center, and Starbucks on Howe St for donating some awesome prizes to this cause.

So far our staff has been killing it, with most averaging between 11,000 – 13,000 steps per day! Some have even gotten as high as 31,000 on the weekends (we have a bunch of golfers and hikers in our office).

There have been many studies conducted on the health benefits of doing a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, benefits such as: reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other diseases, simply by being active (you can review more of the benefits on CDCs website here). On the other side of things, one recent study even found that employees participating in wearables-driven challenges and rewards programs report an 8.5% increase in productivity, and a 3.5% increase in job satisfaction.

Now is as good a time as ever to get active. Think about getting your staff involved in an office step challenge; Steptober or Stepuary can be a thing too! Plus, who doesn’t like a little friendly competition?