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Step into a healthier workplace with a walking challenge this spring

Carl Greenwood, Paths For All

13/03/2017
Sport and physical activity
Paths for All are inviting workplaces across Scotland to take part in our spring Step Count Challenge.

Teams of five from organisations large and small will be challenging themselves to walk more and feel the difference over 8 weeks. The challenge supports staff to find simple and sustainable ways of building a little more activity into their working day including; walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, walking meetings and using the stairs rather than the lift.

Paths for All has been running the challenge for seven years now and in that time over 23,500 people have taken part. Together, they have counted more than 12 billion steps, equal to five million miles.

Each challenge team nominates a team captain who helps motivate and keep everyone on track. Each year we hear wonderful examples of the creativity and kindness that colleagues show in encouraging one another to walk more and enjoy the benefits. Back in 2014 we were delighted to be able to reward some of our inspiring team captains with tickets to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. As the charity championing everyday walking for a happier, healthier Scotland, Paths for All are pleased to be continuing the active legacy of the Commonwealth Games now that the challenge is in its 7th year.

This year’s spring challenge starts on the 1 May and runs for eight weeks. You can register now at www.stepcount.org.uk. Participants enter in teams of five and record their steps using a pedometer, app or device. Everyone gets a user account where they record their daily steps, share comments with their team and track the team's progress on a leaderboard. And of course, there will be the competitions, tips and prizes to keep up everyone’s motivation!

For more information visit www.pathsforall.org.uk