The Challenge Blog






Walk more, stress less

Being physically active is great for your mental health. There’s a 30% reduction in risk of depression and dementia for adults taking part in daily physical activity, and being active also improves self esteem, mood and sleep, and helps manage stress. We often hear great stories from people taking part in the Step Count Challenge […]

5 reasons for businesses to encourage staff to walk more

1) During 2016/17, 25.7 million working days were lost due to work related ill health across the UK* 12.5 million working days lost were caused by stress, depression and anxiety, and 8.9 million working days lost were caused by musculoskeletal disorders. *Source: Health and Safety Executive 2) Going for a 30 minute walk on at least […]

Physical Activity and Mental Health

Being regularly active plays an important role in keeping us physically healthy. It also has the potential to prevent mental health problems whilst improving the health and wellbeing of people living with a mental health problem. In the UK, one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem, with anxiety and depression being two of the most […]

Improve your focus and concentration

Busy day? Never-ending “To do” list? via GIPHY Staying focused at work can be difficult, especially when we’re busy juggling lots of different tasks. Escaping from your computer screen for a lunchtime walk can help boost focus and concentration. Last Autumn, Claire told us how going for a walk at lunchtime helped her feel refreshed […]

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