One month, six people, two million steps
THE staff from one South Burnett business are on a mission to lead healthier lifestyles this spring.
Brendan Young has challenged his staff from Harvey Norman Kingaroy to walk two million steps this month.
For the month of September the six staff members are monitoring their activity through fitbits and are on track to smash their goal.
So far the team have racked up 595,000 steps between them and if they continue to walk 11,112 steps each day they will hit their target.
Mr Young said while encouraging a health lifestyle the challenge also brings his staff closer together.
"Last year after work we would go walking together up Mt Wooroolin and this year we will walk the rail trail,” he said.
"It is not just about steps for us it is about promoting an active lifestyle as well as healthy eating and sleeping habits.”
Through the fitbit app staff can compete in daily challenges where they can monitor the other team members and the competition served as great motivation with two staff members walking more then 35,000 steps that day.
The fibit monitors sleep patterns and Mr Young said this has helped him and his team members become more productive at work.
"Particularly for me, I don't get a lot of sleep at night and it makes me realise I need to do a bit more sleep. It makes you more aware of how important sleep is and you can set bed times. I work more productively and my team do when we have a good night sleep,” he said.
It is the first time Christie McBride has taken part in the challenge with the team and she said wearing the fitbit has made her more concious of how much physical activity she is doing each day and is averaging up to 12,000 steps a day.
"I think it is interesting seeing your heart rate compared to the steps and then seeing how active you can get and the difference in your heart rate as you get active I think is the great thing,” she said.
She has always enjoyed a living a healthy lifestyle taking part in sports growing up and is enjoying the competitive aspect of the challenge.
"It is very competitive amongst us and I find that really good and I think it has brought us a bit closer as team.” she said.
The fitbit is one of a range of activity trackers available at Harvey Norman Kingaroy.