Once again, we will be strapping on our pedometers, putting our best feet forward and taking steps to walk at least 10,000 steps a day to try and walk around the globe over a 16 week period – it’s almost time for the Global Corporate Challenge.
Much more than simply a challenge to walk around the world, the GCC is scientifically proven to have a positive impact on mental health, energy levels, weight management, blood pressure reduction, sleep patterns, overall health, waist reduction and better nutrition.
Each participating company will put as many teams of seven together as possible (we have four) and each participant wears a pedometer from morning till night and every step taken is recorded. Last year we averaged over 10,000 steps a day and we walked the equivalent of the distance to South America – if you really want to walk round the world, then you need to be averaging around 25,000 steps a day.
As teams are made up of work colleagues, the payback to companies is significant with research from the GCC organisers showing improved morale, increased productivity, higher job satisfaction, better team work and reduced absenteeism.
This year we will be joining some 180,000 people worldwide who are also taking part in the GCC and the numbers are growing each year.
But the GCC is about more than individuals, teams and workplaces. The GCC also supports the Global Children’s Challenge which aims to encourage children to adopt more active lifestyles, as well as the Footprint Initiative which supports the Iganga Babies Home, which is an orphanage in Uganda and the Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention.
The GCC starts on May 24th 2012 and we’ll let you know how we get on.