May fitness challenge reaches halfway point
Eight teams of staff are trying new sports and classes, cycling to work and banishing biscuits this month after challenging themselves to get fit.
Sussexsport, who organised the ‘commit to get fit’ challenge for the month of May, have laid on extra classes in trampolining, hoopla, chi gung, and yoga, as well as offering personal training advice and discounted sports membership to individuals.
As the challenge reaches its halfway point, Sussexsport are encouraging the teams to keep motivated by offering all participants a lunchtime fencing session and games of squash, racketball and tennis.
On the last day, Karen Creffield, Head of Sport, is going to do a Yoga Nidra session – a deep relaxation session to bring a calm end to the challenge.
Karen said: “We have all been really inspired by the enthusiasm the teams have been showing.
“There is a real buzz around with the challenge and people are really supporting each other, trying out new things and having a lot of fun along the way. We are really looking forward to supporting everyone through the final two weeks.”
The most inspirational response, as voted for by Sussexsport staff, will win an on-site office massage or a team meal at Dine Central.
Teams have also been blogging about their experiences on the University’s SPLASH website, with more than 30 blog posts so far.
A three-month gold sports membership or a £25 iTunes voucher will also be given to the member of staff who writes the best blog.
Taking part are teams from:
- Careers and Employability
- Human Resources
- Law, Politics and Sociology
- Life Sciences
- Residential, Sport and Trading Services (not including Sport)
- Student Recruitment and Widening Participation (two teams)
The ‘commit to get fit in May’ campaign is being run in conjunction with the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Office, who are currently drawing up a new policy stating the commitment of the University to promoting and supporting staff and student wellbeing. The policy encourages managers to allow staff to work flexibly where possible to allow their participation in exercise, fitness classes and sessions that can help promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
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