Take up the Make Every Minute Count challenge

WORKERS in the Liverpool City Region are being encouraged to take part in the free ‘Make Every Minute Count’ challenge. The initiative is designed to leave those taking part feeling more energised, less stressed, refreshed, and able to beat the winter blues this January.

Those looking to get more active this New Year aren’t alone. In fact 38% of us in the UK set resolutions at the start of each year to become more active. The good news is that you don’t need to join a gym or start training for a marathon with the ‘Make Every Minute Count’ challenge. The initiative, spearheaded in the region by MSP, which works to enable people to be active every day, is just about fitting small amounts of activity to fit around your working life. Anyone can get involved too, no matter your age, ability or fitness levels and signing up online is easy.

The eight week challenge starts on Monday 8th January, and challenges you to log at least one mile (or 10 minutes) of physical activity per day – this could be walking, jogging, cycling, taking part in an activity class – whatever you enjoy and fits in to your life. It’s about finding simple ways to do more activity, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, or parking further away from the office.

Each time you do your daily activity and log it on the Workplace Challenge website you’ll get the chance to win prizes including gift vouchers, theatre tickets, signed Liverpool FC & Everton FC books, a signed LFC and EFC shirt, a sit/stand desk and much more.

It’s all part of the Workplace Challenge, which is a free website/app that helps you to log how much activity you do – it’s provided in 30 counties across England, including Merseyside. 

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said: “The campaign has a particular emphasis on breaking up your working day with physical activity to reduce sedentary behaviour. NHS guidelines state that getting plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight, can help to improve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.” So, in January stepping away from your desk during the lightest and brightest part of the day is a great way to improve your wellbeing and can help tackle the culture of a desk-bound lunch.”

You could also push yourself to try a brand new activity; to help, MSP have put together a calendar of great sessions and events taking place across the whole of the Liverpool City Region for you to get involved with.

Sign up for the free ‘Make Every Minute Count’ challenge at www.merseysidesport.com/memc, where you’ll find details of the events calendar and lots of top-tips to keep active this winter.  You’ll also find plenty of videos and ideas to keep active at work by following MSP on Twitter (@MerseysideSport) and on facebook (/MerseysideSports).