Take Part in Let’s Walk, Devon’s Biggest Workplace Walking Challenge
Let’s Walk is a fun month-long workplace walking challenge taking place in March 2021. Team up with work colleagues and join the many businesses across Devon who will be taking part.
Whether working from home or office based, as long as you work in Devon and enter as part of your work team, then this challenge is for you! Team sizes can be from 3-10 colleagues, and your workplace can have multiple teams.
Let’s Walk with a Difference
Throughout these unusual times we’ve all experienced significant changes to our workdays and home life. Routines have been disrupted, activity levels may have dropped, and remote working has made it harder for us to connect with our colleagues. Taking all the above into account we aim to provide a fun and inclusive challenge for you and your colleagues to take part in and enjoy!
Looking after our own health and wellbeing, and that of our colleagues and staff has never been more important. With so many profound benefits to walking and active movement, the challenge encourages you to break away from the computer, or sitting at the desk, and to walk or actively move more to achieve personal and team goals.
As part of the challenge you can track and log you daily/weekly steps. For this year however, it’s Let’s Walk with a difference as we have also included “active minutes”. This means you can log how many minutes you have walked or “actively moved” and these will be converted into steps. Combined team steps will then be added to the leader board and you can see how your team fares against others across Devon.
A little change really does make a big difference, and you can build up your steps in and around or outside the house. Plus, you can do this before, during and after your working day, and at weekends.
If becoming healthier and connecting with your team more isn’t incentive enough, there are also lots of “challenge prizes” and “spot prizes” to be won!
Sign Up Today
To sign up simply click on the link above which will take you to our challenge platform. Once you have signed up we’ll be in touch with further information to help you get ready for when the challenge starts on the 1st March. You can also access a range of useful resources here, designed to help you, your team and workplace throughout March.
Why Take Part in Let’s Walk?
Creating a walk-friendly culture has huge benefits:
- Walking more improves your health and wellbeing, making you happier
- Walking more boosts energy, morale and productivity, and is good for business
- Walking more makes our communities cleaner and greener, and protects the environment
The Let’s Walk Workplace Walking Challenge is part of Let’s Walk campaign. The campaign aims to get:
- People at work thinking about their health and the power of walking, then walking more. This could be before, during and after work, and at weekends
- People at work engaging more with their community and environment by walking more
- Businesses to support a walk-friendly culture and show commitment and leadership towards a more sustainable future
To find out more about the Let’s Walk Campaign click here.
We also recommend you take a look at the FAQs below. Whether you’ve taken part in this challenge before, or this is your first time, these FAQs can provide you with some really useful information.
What Do I Track?
What Activities Count?Track your steps every day. Any activity which involves steps, counts, whether you’re at work or not. Make your next meeting a walking one, take the stairs instead of the lift, take a walk in your lunch break, why not walk to work? However you like to, get walking.
How Do I Track My Steps?
Using our Challenge Platform, which will be live for you to sign up to, from mid January 2020. Track your steps however you like; use your smart watch, smartphone or a pedometer. Log into the Challenge Platform, register your team and log your steps to take part. You can even log your steps based on how many minutes you have walked, it’s that simple.
How Many People In A Team?
There is no limit to the number of people per team. You can take part with just two or a 100 team members.
What If Another Team Has More People, Won’t They Get More Steps?
Your team score will be based on the average amount of steps, so it’s fair.
How Do You Win?
There will be several categories for overall competition winners, plus weekly incentives with lots of great prizes to be given away including some Fitbits, vouchers and other exciting goodies. Once you register, we’ll be in touch with all the details.
The categories for the overall competition are:
Overall Team winners (average steps and also total steps)
Small (2-10) Medium (11-25) and Large (26+) Teams where we will calculate the average steps taken by each team.
Can Anyone Take Part?
Let’s Walk is an inclusive workplace walking challenge, aimed at businesses, organisations and companies across Devon.
Whether working from home or office based, as long as you work in Devon and enter as part of your work team, then you can take part. You’ll just need to create a work team or join an existing team of colleagues.
If you have difficulty walking or getting around (mobility), and you use a wheelchair, mobility scooter or walking aid you can still take part and enjoy the challenge. You can either log your contribution as steps or the number of minutes walked or actively moved.
What Do I Track? What Activities Count?
As part of the challenge, you can track and log your steps. For this year, we have also included active minutes. This means you can log how many minutes you have walked or “actively moved” and these will be converted into steps. Combined team steps will then be added to the leader board which we might also refer to as a “recognition” board.
A little change makes a big difference. You can track your steps every day and any activity which involves steps, and active movement counts, whether you are in a workplace or at home. You can also build up your steps before, during and after the working day, plus at weekends.
Try moving away from your computer screen when you can. You could make your next meeting a walking one, walk more up and down the stairs, or enjoy a brisk walk during your lunch break.
Please ensure you are following the latest government guidance.
How Do I Track My Steps?
On SportSuite, the platform that runs the challenge.
This will be live for you to sign up to from the 8th of February and then the challenge starts on 1st March 2021 and runs until midnight on the 31st of March. Track your steps however you like; either manually or using your smart watch, smartphone, or a pedometer.
Once you have signed up to SportSuite through the sign up button above; log into the challenge platform, register your team then track and log your steps from the 1st March. You can even log your steps based on how many minutes you have walked or actively moved, and this will be converted into steps.
How Many People In A Team?
Team sizes can be from 3-10 colleagues, whether you are home based or in an office, and your workplace can have multiple teams.
Your team score will be based on the combined number of steps you complete as a team. There will be several categories for competition winners and this year, we are encouraging teams to come up with and share their team goal and an individual pledge to access prizes. Watch out for emails and social media posts for more information.
Are There Prizes to be Won?
There are going to be lots of challenges and great prizes to be won in recognition of your efforts including Fitbits, vouchers, and other exciting goodies. This year we will also be introducing “spot prizes”. Once you sign up, we will be in touch with all the details. We will also be sharing lots of information in our Let’s Walk Facebook Group.
Whilst it is great to win prizes the challenge is also about aiming to complete your personal and team goals. If you achieve these, you will definitely feel like a winner! Whether or not you compete with others is up to you, the main thing is that you are walking and actively moving more and feeling happier and healthier for it!
“At Active Devon we passionately believe that being active is important as ever. However, safety is paramount, and it is crucial that everyone follows current government guidance while continuing to stay active. #StayActiveStaySafe.”
Please note: We had previously communicated this challenge would be taking place in February. However, the challenge has now been moved to March.