Staff step up in Global Corporate Challenge
UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) Springfield staff has a spring in their step after taking their first steps in this year's Global Corporate Challenge (GCC).
One of the USQ Springfield teams, Spring in our Steps, have made some simple changes to their lifestyle and routine to achieve 10,000 steps every day for 100 days.
Participants log the number of steps on an interactive website which allows them to explore new locations on their virtual race around the world.
Library officer and team captain Nayana Kumarapeli hoped by monitoring their daily step count with pedometers they'll make a more conscious effort to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.
"A few of us have done the GCC before and we're all enthusiastic about it because we're all in it for the fun," she said.
"There's no hard and fast rules as walking incorporates all fitness levels.
"Everyone has the chance to set their own goals with how many steps they want to do each day."
Mrs Kumarapeli said team members would be supporting each other every step of their journey towards healthier, happier and more active lives.
"It could be simple things like extending your walks to appointments and taking the stairs instead of the lift," she said.
"We all try to find time to be more active at work and as a team it works better because of the social benefits."
The GCC is USQ Fit and Well Corporate Staff Health Program's biggest and most successful event reaching all four of the University's campuses.
Fit and Well co-ordinator Tristan Steele said it was a challenge for the typical office-bound worker to find time in the day to clock up the recommended 10,000 steps.
"We have 25 teams of seven across all our campuses that have just started the 100-day challenge," he said.
"The GCC gives the Fit and Well members more than just 100 days of fun and competition, it promotes a healthier lifestyle.
"For some this challenge will change lives as sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on people."
More than 40,000 teams signed up to this year's GCC.