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September 1, 2016
Today marks the launch of our Shake Up September 2016 challenge – are you taking part?
Following on from the success of last year’s challenge, we’re urging colleagues from different organisations across England to get inspired by the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and try out as many new sports as possible throughout the month.
It’s all part of our mission to help bring physical activity into and around the working day for employees across England.
If you’ve not already signed up, here are five good reasons why you should Shake Up September:
We’re not exercising enough
NHS guidelines state that adults should try to do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week to stay healthy – but an estimated 40 per cent of people do not exercise enough, according to Public Health England.
Of course that’s sometimes easier said than done, especially for those of us that are busy at work. Early starts and late finishes, eating your lunch at your desk? It all sounds familiar – which is why we’re urging workers to take on the challenge and get active in the workplace this month
An active workforce is a healthier workforce
Our lack of exercise contributes to increased sickness absence and an estimated cost of £14.9 billion to UK businesses in lost working days. If we can reduce the average number of sick days per person per year by just one day (currently 5.31), it could save businesses across England an estimated £2.8 billion.
Playing sport with colleagues improves morale
There are other benefits of playing sport with your colleagues of course. Even if you are already an active person or you have a physical job, playing sport and other group physical activities can help to improve communication and boost morale amongst team members. And that means better performance, better engagement and a happier workplace. What’s not to like?
Exercising with others is more enjoyable
It might seem obvious on the face of it, but scientists have proven that exercise is more enjoyable when completed with friends, family or colleagues. You’re also more likely to do it, because the exercise habits of others will affect personal motivation. Shake Up September is about getting people together, so rally the troops and challenge your colleague to get involved.
Do we really need a reason to play sport? Especially when the Olympics is in full swing! Grab your teammates, give it your best Usain Bolt ‘lightning bolt’ and get active this month. Just don’t forget to log your results to climb our national leaderboard.
To find out more about Shake Up September, visit the Workplace Challenge website.