And just like that, our month-long Fitneff Garmin Step Challenge has come to an end! July has been a whirlwind of activity and we’re proud to say we stuck it out until the end. Being part of a step challenge helped to motivate us to integrate more movement into our days and fight against the sedentary behaviours that have become so normal in day-to-day life.
None of this could have been possible without our handy-dandy Garmin activity trackers! Just by putting the device on our wrist or clipping it to our belt we were consistently reminded to keep moving throughout the day. We loved features like the display data, water-resistance, the compatible app and a long battery life. If you’re looking for more motivation to move, an activity tracker is the way to go.
We’re happy and proud to announce Angelique as the big winner! By coming out strong at the beginning and keeping consistent throughout the month, she officially has all bragging rights now. That said, the others weren’t too far behind and Fitneff is proud of all of its employees for putting in a stellar effort to improve health and get moving this summer. Check out the final tally of steps for each participant for the month:
We added up everyone’s final total and came to 1,589,945 steps as a grand total for the team! Way to go everyone!
To wrap everything up, we asked our participants a few final questions on the experience to give you some insight on step challenges and some tips on how to get more steps in your average day.
Q: We all wrote down goals for the step challenge before we started. Do you feel like you achieved your goals?
Angelique: Yes! I wanted to complete 10, 000 steps a day consistently and mission accomplished. I also lost a couple more pounds, so that is an added bonus!
Ron: Yes, I did achieve my goal of tracking my steps and being more aware of my walking habits, which I’m really excited about! It’s been great to be more consistent and conscious of the data that goes along with my activities.
Kate: Yes! I wanted my days to be full of movement! Paying attention to my daily steps and finding new ways to earn extra steps really helped me see where I was lacking movement. The times of day where movement was lacking I added in ways to be more active, like taking more time in the morning to enjoy a walk or taking more walking meetings in the afternoon.
Rachel: Yes, I do! My goal was to get 10,000 steps a day and change some of my sedentary habits during leisure time. I’m happy to report that with my grand total of over 400,000 steps, I averaged well over 10,000 a day!
Q: What’s your favourite feature of the Garmin Activity Trackers?
Angelique: My favourite feature is that I don’t need to remember to charge it. It has a really long battery life, so it’s always ready to go. That helped me achieve my goal as it was always ready to log my steps.
Ron: All the analytical features in the Garmin app are great. With minimal set-up, I get a variety of statistics and goal setting features. Also, my Vivoki is incredibly durable; it accidentally went through the washing machine and dryer in the pocket of my pants and was completely fine. Amazing!
Kate: I love the display options on my Vivofit 4. You can change the style of display to fit what you like; I am able to see my steps, how many steps I have left to take, the time, distance traveled and more!
Rachel: My favourite feature of the Garmin Vivofit 4 would have to be the movement bar. Every time I was sitting for too long, it alerted me that I needed to keep moving. Having this constant reminder really motivated me to get off the couch and start walking!
Q: What changes have you seen in your lifestyle as a result of this challenge and how will you take those changes moving forward?
Angelique: I really enjoy going for a walk in the morning. I use this time to mentally plan my day and it has helped me get more accomplished. I’m going to take this practice with me moving forward!
Ron: I am more conscious and disciplined about getting my steps in and making choices to walk whenever possible. Moving forward, I will keep this practice going and make a conscious effort to make activities that are typically sedentary more active.
Kate: Now that I am actively trying to take more steps throughout my day, I find that I have more energy in the mornings and I’m sleeping much better at night. I will continue my active habits so that these trends keep going!
Rachel: I have been way more active this month than I was before. I made a conscious effort to go for a walk almost every day, and I chose leisure activities that would get me more steps rather than just more sitting time. And I feel like I have more energy too! I will try to make similar choices moving forward.
Q: Any last tips or tricks on how to get extra steps into your day?
Angelique: If possible, walk instead of drive. Locations that I used to drive to are really only a 20 or 30 minute walk away – totally doable!
Ron: The last tips I have are to always take the stairs instead of the elevator, implement walking meetings whenever you can and walk while talking on the phone every time you have to make a call.
Kate: Get off the train/bus a stop early so you have a longer walk! Don’t forget to leave your desk for a bit and move around the office; small breaks can really help your productivity and give you a boost of energy.
Rachel: My last tips for advice would be to always take the long way around the office to get coffee, utilize your breaks as best as possible and even when you only have 15 minutes to spare, go for a quick walk around the block!
Even though the challenge is over, it’s never too late to commit to more movement in your life. Get your activity tracker today and start a challenge of your own! Make the most of summer and stay as active as possible! From everyone here at the Fitneff Team, we support you and encourage you as you make health a priority.
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