A recent report found that Australia and New Zealand are 2 of the top 20 laziest countries in the world. Just 1 in 3 employees reach the World Health Organisation’s recommend 10,000 daily steps, increasing the risk of cancer, type-2 diabetes, heart disease and dementia. Studies conducted by Steptember revealed that 54% of full-time workers stated their workload was the reason they didn’t exercise enough.
The worldwide Steptember initiative encourages workplaces to get their staff moving by taking on the challenge of 10,000 steps for the month of September. By registering and asking friends and family for sponsorship, participants will raise crucial funds for the 34,000 Australians living with cerebral palsy, a physical disability that affects movement and posture.
A range of different activities count towards the daily 10,000 steps. “Any kind of physical activity that you feel you’re burning energy, you’re getting your heart rate up and starting to huff and puff can be used towards reaching your goal,” says Tegan Butchers of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. “This could be walking, swimming or going to the gym. There are also different activities you can do if you have any sort of physical limitations.”
As well as helping people suffering from cerebral palsy, participants will increase their health and fitness levels. “The World Health Organisation has recommended 10,000 steps because it helps us maintain our cardio-metabolic health which means that we are keeping our body and our heart healthy for a long and happy healthy life,” Butchers states.
Create a more productive workforce and help a good cause by taking on the Steptember challenge. Visit www.steptember.org.au for more information.