Team Pedometer Challenge
Monday 13 May 2019 - Friday 7 June 2019
The pedometer challenge is a four-week challenge coordinated by the Environmental and Staff Wellbeing teams to get you walking outdoors and it is a great team building activity. It’s a fun and easy way for you to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. It is also an opportunity to help the environment by improving your carbon footprint and ditching the car or bus and walking to work.
At the same time we will raise money for charity, all participants will pledge £4, which will be donated to the nominated local charity, Action Mental Health through a dedicated Just Giving page. Remember to keep us updated throughout the challenge via Twitter: @WellbeingQUB @GreenatQueens #QUBStepUp #LoveQUBStaff.
You are encouraged to get into teams of six with a team captain taking the lead. Although we would encourage team registration, staff can also sign up as an individual to participate in the challenge.
Please take the time to choose a unique team name before registering, as this can cause difficulties updating at a later stage. Team leaders and individual participants must first donate to the Just Giving Page (£24 per team and £4 per individual), team leaders and individuals should include the team name or individual name with the online donation) and then register their details through SharePoint, all participant names and email addresses are needed for registration. Select + new item to register on the relevant SharePoint page, enter your details and select Save to finish your registration.
Once the Just Giving donation and the SharePoint registration are complete the pedometers will be available to collect from Reception in People and Culture (Level 4) Administration Building.
- This challenge relies on complete honesty so please act in good faith.
- Only steps registered on the pedometer should be recorded as this is a step challenge. Please do not use conversion tables for cycling, swimming etc.
- Weekly progress reports
- Team captains will collate the steps for their teams each Friday by 3pm and submit via SharePoint (details and links to follow weekly)
- Individual participants must also submit their step count each Friday by 3pm via SharePoint (details and links to follow weekly)
- Scores will be collated centrally and progress reports provided in the weekly Round Up
- Pedometers can be worn throughout the duration of the four weeks including evenings and weekends
- Pedometers should be reset each Friday once the total for the week has been recorded
- The pedometer should not be used if going swimming. The pedometer can be worn when cycling, jogging, playing football and doing other physical activities
- If someone forgets to record their number of steps, the average number of steps taken by that person can be added to your team total for that week
- Other devices can be used to record steps, such as personal Fitbits/Mobiles etc. as the branded pedometer provided may not be as accurate as your own personal device.
- Choose comfortable, supportive shoes such as running, walking or cross-training shoes
- If you’re going for a longer walk, warm up with stretching exercises and include a cool-down period to reduce stress on your heart and muscles
- Maintain a brisk pace. You should work hard to keep up your pace, but still be able to talk while walking
- Practise correct posture – head upright, arms bent at the elbow and swinging as you stride
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after walking
- Tell others if you’re walking alone
- Walk in well-lit areas where it is fairly busy (streets and parks)
- Be careful of traffic
- Wear reflective clothing in the dark