Sea2Sea challenge hots up
They still have 240km to go but Idea Services have been quick out of the blocks.
The Cains Terrace organisation, formerly known as IHC, are the first workplace to sign up for the annual Sea2Sea challenge.
Idea Services administrator Vivien Leslie signed the staff up for the challenge as soon as physically possible.
"I saw the email in my inbox [about the challenge] and was like, yes!
"Health is quite a big part of the workplace here . . . we encourage people to go for walks and a lot of us have joined the gym at the aquatic centre," she said.
The challenge was a good idea because it was difficult getting back into exercising and healthy eating again after winter, Ms Leslie said.
Idea Services would complete the challenge mostly by walking and swimming and we're ready for any difficulties it threw up.
"Bring it on," she said.
Last year 149 workplaces registered for the challenge. Forty-three have registered so far this year.
Those wanting to do the Sea2Sea have fewer than two weeks left to sign up.
Sea2Sea challenge co-ordinator Arlene Goss said she was still confident of reaching her target - a 5 per cent increase from last year.
The challenge involves doing 30 minutes of daily exercise as a workplace and eating healthy for 40 days from September 24 to November 2.
It is free to enter and spot prizes are up for grabs including a ride for two on the TranzAlpine, rafting trips and cafe vouchers.
But Ms Goss said workplaces should not be only thinking about winning prizes.
"There's a lot of research that suggests exercise improves the health and productivity of the workplace."
An event page has also been set up on Facebook for people doing the challenge to interact.
To register pick up a form from Sport Canterbury or your GP. Registration closes September 11. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
- © Fairfax NZ News
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