Challenge is a big step forward
IT SOUNDS simple really; all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.
The CQ Health Assess 12-week Step by Step Workplace Challenge kicked off again yesterday.
The challenge encourages employees to become more active by putting together a workplace team of five which commits to each member walking 10,000 steps a day.
And with teams like The Sole Sisters, Walk-aholics Anonymous, Happy Feet and the Red Hot Chilli Steppers all signed up, this year's event is set to be bigger than ever.
"Inactivity is one of the biggest contributors to chronic disease," CQ Health Assess co-ordinator Nicole Armitage said yesterday.
"People think you need to join a gym to be healthy, but gyms are expensive and it takes time to get to them.
"You can get more active by just walking for half an hour each day.
"Walking is cheap - all you need is a pair of joggers."
Team members record their steps on a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day.
Making 10,000 strides each day is the number of steps recommended by the World Health Organisation to improve health.
Each step is then turned into kilometres (10,000 steps equals 5km) and logged onto a map.
"People think they walk a lot, but when you have the pedometer, sometimes you realise how little you do," she said.
In 2012 teams trekked around Australia. This year they are virtually walking from Mackay to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro.
For more information check out the CQ Health Assess website http://www.cqhealthassess.com.au or phone 4998 5550.
TWELVE WEEKS FITNESS
IF YOU have been keeping up with the latest fitness trends, you might have noticed the rise of the 12-week challenge.
Michelle Bridges, Ashy Bines and CQ Health Assess all used the 12-week timeframe.
CQ Health Assess co-ordinator Nicole Armitage said 12 weeks was a well calculated length of time.
"It's the right amount of time for people to make a more (permanent) change with their habits," Ms Armitage said.
"They say it takes 12 weeks to make or break a habit."
If the challenge was any shorter, it was more likely people would not stick to the lifestyle changes they had committed to for the past few weeks, she said.
"If it was for four weeks you would be more likely to go back to your old ways.
"If you are eating well, then yes, you will lose weight in a 12-week challenge," Ms Armitage said.