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Challenges are a great way to get some teamwork going and focus on health and wellbeing. But how do you ensure your Fitness Challenge isn’t a Fitness Fizzle?

Teamwork. It’s become even more important than ever, as work-from-home and hybrid working become more popular.

But even if your team is all on site or has always worked remotely, it’s a great idea to encourage teamwork with a bit of fun and healthy competition.

And that’s where a fitness challenge comes in.

Healthworks has just launched its brand-new Fitness Challenge platform. With new customisable routes, an updated interface, and a heap of new features, running a fitness challenge has never been more fun. Ask us about it!

But why should you run a dedicated fitness challenge?

Well, fitness challenges can be a great way to get your employees excited about wellness. In fact, an office fitness challenge can be the highlight of your health & wellbeing program – but only if it’s done right.

Okay, so how do you do it right?

It’s not as easy as sending a email blast about an upcoming Parkrun and dusting your hands of it. Fitness challenges have to be engaging. For everyone.

You can’t rely on a one-size fits all approach. After all, your employees are diverse! You likely have employees of varying ages and fitness levels, so something that caters both to those that run 10k a day and to those that aren’t too keen on walking 500 metres to get their lunch.

In fact, it’s much more important to motivate those for whom fitness isn’t all that high on their priority list.

How do you get people to join in?

Here’s a four step guide:

  1. Make it fun – and show off! Leaderboards are a great way to do this. People can see where their team is in relation to everyone else – and engage in healthy competition.
  2. Make it accessible – give participants a range of activities they can participate in so it’s more accessible to all.
  3. Set a goal – Want people to visualise what they’re doing? Tell them they’re walking from Point A to Point B over a time – for example, from Kakadu to Uluru in 4 weeks.
  4. Give people an incentive to participate – prizes are always welcome, especially if you get creative with the prize categories.

A well-received fitness challenge create opportunities for your team to bond and gets them more aware of their physical health and wellbeing. You can then use the momentum to springboard participation in upcoming health and wellbeing initiatives.

Want to know more about running a fitness challenge? Contact us or visit the Challenges page here.


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