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Businesses urged to Shake Up in September

August 4, 2016


With the start of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, workers across Cumbria are being encouraged to get in the spirit of the Games and sign up for a sporting challenge with a difference.

‘Shake Up September’ is a national activity logging challenge run by Workplace Challenge, which aims to encourage employees to bring physical activity into the workplace by trying out as many Olympic or Paralympic sports as possible throughout the month.

We spend up to 60% of our waking hours at work and an estimated 40 per cent of people do not exercise enough, according to Public Health England. To help combat the issue. Workplace Challenge, which is run by the County Sports Partnership Network and managed locally by Active Cumbria seeks to inspire businesses and encourage workers to get active in and around the working day.

Inspired by Team GB, workers across the region are being urged to sign up to Workplace Challenge for free and try at least five different sports throughout ‘Shake Up September’. The more activities they log via the Workplace Challenge website or mobile app, the more points they will earn for their workplace as they go for gold on a national challenge leaderboard. 

Richard Johnston, Senior Manager, from Active Cumbria said: “Research shows not enough people are active enough to benefit their health and for many of us, the biggest barrier is time. We want to help local businesses to encourage their workers to bring physical activity into and around the working day, and Shake Up September is designed to do just that.

Active Cumbria have teamed up locally with Cotswold Outdoor to offer randomly drawn spot prizes to people from Cumbria, these are up for grabs for logging any activity during the challenge, although a focus will be on those that encourage others, prizes include vouchers and goodie bags.

Rachel Kearns from Cotswold Outdoor said: 'It's great to be able to support an organisation which encourages people to get active and take on a new challenge. We are passionate about enabling people to enjoy the outdoors. Our staff can offer impartial, expert knowledge to help you choose the right kit to enjoy your next challenge'


With the Olympic Games due to start on August 5th, there is no better time to get involved and we’ll be showcasing different sports throughout September to get people in the spirit.

“We’re urging workers across the region to make the most of their lunch hour, take on the challenge and try out some new sports. You can even go for gold yourself because the more activities you log the higher you will get up our national leaderboard.”

Each day throughout September, Workplace Challenge will be showcasing a different Olympic or Paralympic sport on social media, demonstrating how workers can get away from the desk or leave the factory floor or in search of sport.

There is also a Shake Up September bingo card, available to download from the Workplace Challenge website from September 1, whilst local companies and their staff can share their success on social media via #ShakeUp2016.

For more information about Shake Up September, or to register for the Workplace Challenge, please visit