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Winter Activity Challenge

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Catriona Anderson 19 Jan 2022 Time to read: 

With the night’s drawing in, and the uncertainty of the ongoing impact of COVID this winter, Principal Consultants Tom Knight and Simon Downes, avid runners, found themselves struggling to get motivated to exercise.  Between them they agreed that some accountability was needed and that for 1 month they would actively encourage each other to get as much movement in prior to the Christmas holidays.


With their kick-off coinciding with Mens’ Health Month they opened the challenge to the whole company to enable others to benefit from the community support.  The challenge was based on an honesty system with each participant posting their daily exercise efforts (type of exercise, duration, distance) on a Microsoft Form.  Tom created a PowerBI dashboard which represented the latest status in several ways including journeys from Leeds to Lapland completed, the number of viewings of Elf that could be completed in the time spent exercising and most importantly the number of Christmas dinners that the team had earned!


Twenty Peruvians took part in the month long challenge each with their own personal targets ranging from being in ‘Club 30’, exercising every day but 1, competing on mileage or having completed the most diverse range of activities across the month.    Walking was the most common form of exercise, but the team kept it interesting with a bit of Disco Dancing and Cosmic Mermaid Yoga!


The challenge was a resounding success, providing the motivation for the team to proactively get moving and feel the benefits in their physical and mental health. It was agreed that canoeing should be saved for the summer months however!


Thanks for organising Tom and Simon!