On average, we spend 60% of our waking hours at work and most of this time is spent sitting. Being inactive is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality. However, just 150 minutes of activity a week, or 20-30 minutes every day, is all that is needed to improve a person's overall health and wellbeing.
To celebrate National Walking Month and as part of our Active Workplace programme, Get Berkshire Active led on a 'Walk a Mile in May' campaign. Employees were encouraged to step away from their desks and head outside for a walk with colleagues, reaping not only the physical benefits that come with being more active but the mental and social benefits too.
This challenge started on the 1st of May and ended on the 31st of May.
Walking could take part at any point during the day, it didn't need to be at work for it to count.
It didn't matter how much walking you did and all levels were welcome to join.
"Great idea and motivated me and my colleagues"
"I had fun walking and now we are doing a team competition at work, which is already great fun!"
- feedback from the 'Walk a Mile in May' Challenge's participants, 2019
Walk a Mile in May 2019 Infographic
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Strategic Lead for Ageing Well
Kirsty is the Strategic Lead for Ageing Well at Get Berkshire Active. She leads on the development of GBA's Ageing Well theme, aiming to create the conditions for a healthy and independent later life. She is also lead liaison for Berkshire West Local Authorities. With over 15 years' experience within the sports sector, she holds a BA (Hons) in Sport, Health and Exercise, as well as an MSc in Sports Injury. Her previous roles were in local authority and the NHS, before joining GBA at its inception is 2011. Her sense of purpose has come from personally discovering the benefits of physical activity and she enjoys helping others to access them. In her spare time, she takes part in netball, fitness classes and loves being outdoors.
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