Step Up

At work, as part of the Employee Wellbeing awareness theme of the month, we have been encouraged to take part in the Global Corporate Challenge- the idea is that you sign up, get sent a pedometer, and put in the number of steps you do every day. You sign up in teams of eight and there are prizes for the best teams, so the competitive element ensures that we’ll make a good stab at it (though it is suspicious that one of the department seems to be only putting in multiples of 10000 every day…).

So far it’s been good, even if my placing is somewhat skewed by running a half marathon last week and getting 33 000 steps in one day. I think everyone who’s doing it is making a great effort to get the recommended 10 000 steps every day and feeling better for it. My team leader and I had a walking meeting on Thursday where we chatted about text messages and transactions while enjoying the Gogarburn scenery, while others, instead of parking in the main car park, are going to the Park and Ride up the road and walking down (while hopefully not incurring the wrath of the Click and Park police for not vacating their space). The teams in India would seem to be at a disadvantage on this front, since it’s 45 degrees outside at the minute.

The challenge allows you to set goals, like for the first 25 days you can say “I want to do 10 000 steps a day” and increase it as it goes along, so you can see an improvement too. It’s too late to sign up for this challenge, but I’d say it’s worth a go if you can get a pedometer (though do try not to become tyrannised by it, it’s supposed to be fun!).

After ten days, I am currently second in my department, behind a guy that seems to do a triathlon every day. I don’t expect that to last, but it’s a good start.

As a side-note, one of the teams from my department, Femme FITale, was nominated for the best team name prize (20 out of 40000 went to the vote, so it was quite some achievement!), but they were, strangely, denied by “So you think you can walk” and “World of Walkcraft” (ok, the second one there is pretty good!).

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