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Your summer challenge is here!

Friday 5 October 2012, 2:21PM
By Sport Manawatu
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MANAWATU-WHANGANUI

Summer is just around the corner and if you want to get fit, look great, be less stressed and maybe win some prizes, then grab some workmates and sign up for Sport Manawatu’s BNZ Workplace Challenge.

The free five week Workplace Challenge encourages local businesses to get physically active as much as possible for the month of November.  Each team of five records the amount of time they are active each day to compete for our region’s “Most Active Workplace” award.

Throughout the Workplace Challenge Sport Manawatu sends weekly emails with tips on how to get active and provides updates on everyone’s progress so teams can see how they are measuring up. Many local clubs and activity providers are involved offering free or discounted services, classes and facilities to participants.

Getting your workplace active has many benefits explains Sport Manawatu’s Events and Recreation manager Kathy McMillan; “having an active workplace can help to reduce stress and sickness, and encourage a positive atmosphere. Taking part in the activities offered is also a great way to have a bit of fun with your workmates and also get ready for summer!”

Teams can choose to do activities as a group, individually, after hours, in weekends, on the way to work. “You can choose when to get active so it fits with your lifestyle,” says Miss McMillan.

Prior to the challenge participants will collect information packs with tips on getting active, a list of activities being offered and encouragement to stay motivated. There are also lots of prizes and giveaways for participants to win!

The Challenge runs from November 5 to December 9 in Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua. Sign up now at http://www.sportmanawatu.org.nz/workplaces