Will You Join The Workplace Fitness Challenge?
It’s no surprise that we’re not all as fit as we’d like to be; but new statistics have uncovered the scary truth that the majority of our workforce are now overweight or obese.
Irish Life Health undertakes regular workplace health screenings nationwide, and 2016 data has revealed that 54% of workers are now overweight, and more than a third (34%) have high cholesterol. Worryingly this is a growing problem: Not only did 42% of workers put on weight when they started their current job; nearly a quarter (22%) put on over a stone.
To help combat this, Irish Life Health has launched the 2017 Irish Life Health Workplace Fitness Challenge! Developed in partnership with DCU, this pioneering initiative is designed to inspire Ireland's workforce to increase its level of physical activity to become fitter, healthier and happier.
"Squeezing in a workout can be so far down my priority list – with kids and work it often seems impossible. But it needs to be non-negotiable – Committing to this short timeframe will allow you to really see your fitness improve. With time ... maybe sooner than you think, that you will enjoy every minute of it!” Dr Sarah Kelly
Former Ireland rugby star Gordon D’Arcy is an ambassador for the Challenge: “Now that exercise is no longer my job, I have to fit it around both a busy work schedule and around two children under two – I can see just how hard it is to make time for fitness! The great thing about the Irish Life Health Workplace Fitness Challenge is that it shows that small, consistent exercise really makes a huge difference. It’s not about being a top athlete or sweating it out in the gym for hours – building regular exercise into your schedule really results in a lifelong health boost."
How to get started
- Download the free app
- Select Workplace, or Personal Challenge
- Set Up Simple Profile (Height, Weight, County, and DOB)
- Take Initial Walking or Running test
- Get moving!
Your MET (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) Score will show you what level you're at, so over 6 weeks you can improve your fitness: An increase of only one point in a person’s MET Score results in an equivalent reduction of 15% risk of a cardiovascular incident, and a reduction of risk of premature death by a considerable 13%.
The challenge runs for six weeks, starting Monday 22nd May – Friday 30th June 2017, encouraging people to take small consistent steps to improve their fitness. Irish Life Health is also encouraging employers to register their companies, and to support participating employees.
To help get people moving, a series of Urban Hike Maps have been launched to show workers in Dublin, Cork and Galway how they can utilise city centre locations for enjoyable exercise. The maps are downloadable on www.irishlifehealth.ie/moveyourmet/resource-centre/.
Let us know how you get on!
The Irish Life Health Workplace Fitness Challenge lasts for six weeks, starting on 22nd May 2017 and ending on 30th June 2017. Closing date for registration is 19th May. Awards will be given for Ireland’s Fittest Workplace, Most Improved Large Company, Most Improved Mid-Sized Company and Most Improved Small Company. The Move your Met app does not record or capture any identifiable information – only basic anonymous data to capture your MET score.
More on www.irishlifehealth.ie/moveyourmet/