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Walk this way

Thursday, February 2, 2017

One of the easiest and most sustainable ways to begin your journey to improve your health is to start walking. Regular walking, like most aerobic activities, is good for you because cardio-vascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, increasing overall fitness.

Companies offering walking challenges empower employees to be more active as the culture develops team support from co-workers. Challenge participants are take more walking breaks, walking meetings as well as being more mindful of their activity levels during non-work hours.

By forming a company group and challenges within the wearable websites (Garmin and FitBit), a little friendly competition provides the extra motivation to go the extra distance and increase daily step averages. Our top five steppers had a daily average step count range between 51,909 and 27,179.

TVH top 20 steppers are awarded a T-shirt souvenir with their names listed on the back for each of the quarterly challenges. Els Thermote, CEO walks the walk as she has consistently places in the top 20.

Walking challenges provide an equal opportunity for every employee to be involved. The office and warehouse workers enjoy coming together and are walking together. TVH has a half-mile indoor “Nudge Lap” within the warehouse and the outside walking area is three-quarters of a mile.

In 2016, TVH employees tracked 365,981,476 steps in our four walking challenges. Given an average length of pace of 2.5 feet and rounding down to 2 feet to allow for times when we are either very old or very young and take shorter paces, this equates to 65,740,092 paces round the Earth.

Utilizing that method of calculating to put 2016 steps into perspective: TVH walking challengers combined efforts walked around the equator SIX TIMES! But we don’t plan on stopping there. Since everyone loves having a goal to focus on, our 2017 walking challenge and goal is to increase our step numbers to reach SEVEN TIMES around the world!

Wellness is all about taking small steps that the greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
If you would like to learn more about our programs or health and wellness at your workplace contact Lucy DelSarto at lucy.delsarto@tvh.com.

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