Get Active Challenge

This challenge aims to motivate you to include more exercise each day. The human body is designed to move and there is no doubt that moving more and sitting less is good for your overall health; increases happiness, self esteem, fitness levels and reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, osteoporosis and cancer.

Our challenge is simple

  • You can enter the challenge as an individual or as a team (maximum five participants)
  • On your challenge start day (set by your organisation) you can start collecting your daily activity minutes.
  • Record your daily activity level in minutes of exercise
  • At the end of each week, please enter the total minutes that you have earned that week (as an individual or as a team).
  • At the end of the 4-week challenge the aim is to collect as many activity minutes as possible

What type of exercise counts?

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines are to accumulate at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity a week. Everything counts (e.g. brisk walking, fast housework, active gardening, jogging, cycling) as long as you do it for at least 10 minutes and that you feel warmer and breathe faster. For example, a 10 minute fast walk to and from the station each work day and 10 minutes fast walking at lunch would all count as activity minutes. You can include sport, swimming, rowing, golf, cycling, exercise classes, gym workouts and dog walking.

The only criteria are that must adhere to is to ensure that you are in the green zone on the scale below when you exercise.

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Participant support

  • Read the Information Pack thoroughly
  • Download your Weekly Minutes Log
  • Plan how you are going to fit exercise into your day
  • Talk to your team about what you can do together; a lunchtime walk or a class after work
  • Download apps such as strava, endomondo to track activity
  • Any team member concerned about their health should consult their GP prior to starting the challenge

Useful resources

Click on the documents below to download