Shake-up your workplace in September and get fit

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People across the Derbyshire Dales are being encouraged to shake off the post-holiday season blues by taking part in the Derbyshire Workplace Challenge’s ‘Shake Up September’.

The campaign – administered by Derbyshire Sport – aims to help individuals of all abilities get into shape by joining forces with their work colleagues to log points from their fitness activities which are listed on a leaderboard.

Getting involved can also help you sleep better, reduce the risk of disease and stress and improve life expectancy.

It will also assist adults in meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation of getting at least 150 minutes of regular exercise every week.

And if you can get together a group of people from your organisation, you could win a team prize by earning the highest average number of points.

Nicola Shaw, from Ashbourne, works at St Oswald’s Hospital, part of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, where she is a medical secretary and also encourages fellow staff to take part in Workplace Challenge activities as a health and energy champion.

“I wear a pedometer when I walk and walk to work every day, as well as at lunchtimes, and the walking challenge held in May was one that went well in our office, with five of us doing it,” said the 47-year-old mum of two.

“We all get each other to do it and help each other out and it’s great that we don’t feel guilty about taking time out of the day to get some exercise in, with work very encouraging about doing things.

“We do all sorts of things other than just the walking, so the September Challenge will be a good one for us and it is a good time to start it because a lot of people will have been away and looking to get back into or start a new fitness regime.

“A lot do fitness classes and circuit training as well as pilates, yoga and insanity. One lady started going out walking in the evening because she has young children and struggles to find the time before that and finds it useful to log her points online.”

To sign up for ‘Shake Up September’ go to http://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/derbyshire and for more ideas on what actives you might want to try go to www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/get-active.