Make Every Minute Count in 2018!
Posted: Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:38
Workers across Derbyshire are being encouraged to 'Make Every Minute Count' in 2018 by taking part in the Derbyshire Workplace Challenge.
A new eight-week challenge is being launched in the New Year, helping encourage people to get active with regular bite-sized chunks of 10 minutes of activity during, before and after the working day.
The activity logging challenge will run from January 8 to March 4, 2018, and new participants can sign up for free now at https://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/signup
Adding small chunks of activity throughout the day can help, such as switching the lift for the stairs, walking to work, or going for a lunchtime run or walk with colleagues. Getting active together can also help to improve mood, boost concentration, increase communication and team morale, and help sleep.
Rachael Dyer from Active Derbyshire, which runs the Derbyshire Workplace Challenge, said: "Winter can be especially hard with dark mornings and dark nights, so getting active at lunch can really help.
"Research has shown that if our peers are active then we are more likely to stick with it, so invite your colleagues to get involved too – a little friendly peer support is a top motivating factor to getting active at work.
"With many of us spending 60% of our waking hours at work there's no better time or place to start than in the New Year with the Derbyshire Workplace Challenge."
Points are earnt every time activity is logged at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/derbyshire, helping to introduce an element of competition as people can see on leaderboards how they are getting on against their colleagues and other businesses both locally and nationally.
A range of prizes will also be on offer throughout the challenge including a FitBit Alta Wristband, a £10 High Street shopping voucher, and £25 Central Health vouchers, which can be used for any treatment at Central Physio, Central FootClinic or Central Osteopaths.
Throughout the challenge, there will be a particular emphasis on stepping away from your desk during the lightest and brightest part of the day and tackling the culture of a desk-bound lunch. NHS guidelines state that getting plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight, can help to improve symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
'Make Every Minute Count' will run from January 8 to March 4, 2018, and new participants can sign up for free now at https://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/signup Participants of previous challenges can also take part without the need to sign up again.