Olympic fever has spread to the workplace with the rise and rise of the ‘Workforce Workfit’ challenge designed to encourage people to take part in more physical activity inspired by London 2012. With the UK’s increase in obesity , and the lack of physical exercise in people’s lives (63% of us aren’t getting enough) we are all a lot less healthy than we were in Wartime when we had rationing – which was an early form of the Weight Watchers points concept – and no one had invented the Dyson and we all had to do our own housework.To combat this malaise, people in workplaces across the North of England are becoming engaged in activities they may never have tried before or even heard of, in an effort to get off the sofa and go for metaphorical gold. Zumba is incredibly popular among those with some co ordination, as well a those without. Its Columbian inventor Alberto Perez forgot his tapes for his aerobics class one day and started to improvise to his own Latino tunes and Zumba has never looked back. By contrast, ‘Just Jhoom’ which is a kind of Bollywood hip hop is just as much fun with lively Indian songs, but not yet so widely known. Obviously there isn’t any Zumba or Jhoom in the Olympics as yet, but balancing on a four inch beam or synchronised swimming are pretty much going to be beyond the average office worker and you’ve got to start somewhere. Incidentally, the tug of war which we’re all familiar with, was an Olympic sport for 20 years but is no longer. A crying shame if you ask me.
Wash those windows
Fencing is one of the earliest Olympic sports.It is a psychological game of cat and mouse as well as being a physical challenge. It’s great fun and could even be a healthier way to sort out who is top dog in the office rather than who shouts the loudest in those interminable meetings. If it was good enough for Emma Peel, it’s good enough for me.
Other activities included in the Workfit portfolio include 400 of our finest boys in blue doing a Pedometer Torch Relay Challenge while out and about on the beat. It is important of course, that our serving Police Officers are fit for work as they may need to run after a burglar at some point.You may feel moved to point out that the police ought, by rights, to be walking about anyway, but that’s not always the case. They’re joining in and walking about even more because A shift want to beat their competitors on B shift. Healthy competition is always a motivator and they clocked up nearly 21,000 miles between them over a four week period. The winner of the Team walking challenge was Wallsend CID, by the way. Say no more.
More walking about for us lads!
The Workforce Workfit campaign has been so successful that is has been made into an advert which is being shown over the whole summer on the outdoor Live Site in Newcastle which is screened the actual Olympic games at which Team GB did extraordinarily well. The advert features real people from different organisations first in their work role and then doing their keep fit activities. It was great fun to film and a great way of getting the message across. View the Workforce Workfit advert here