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In February 2021 we'll be launching a new 26 day challenge for St Helens called buddyboost, aimed at encouraging residents and workers across the borough to be more active as part of a virtual group of friends or colleagues supporting each other along the way.
During the lockdown restrictions and in the cold winter months, it's more important than ever to be looking after our health and wellbeing. Taking part in the buddyboost challenge with a group of friends or colleagues is designed to help you boost your mood, boost your self-confidence and feel less stressed.
Starting on Monday 1st February and running until Friday 26th February, buddyboost encourages you to do at least 26 minutes of physical activity a day as part of a virtual group of friends or colleagues for 26 days in a row.
You choose the activities you want to do and the group of people you'd like to support each other with! Activities should be done on your own or fitting in with the latest COVID-19 restrictions for St Helens, but could include walking, swimming, jogging, cycling, yoga, fitness classes, going to the gym, dancing, gardening, team sports or anything else that gets your heart pumping.
After you've completed your 26 minutes of activity, you log it on the free buddyboost app to share your progress with your buddy group of friends/colleagues. You can complete the buddyboost challenge on your own or with a group of up to five other friends or colleagues, and you can see what activities your buddies have been logging and send each other motivational messages and photos as part of your challenge.
We're anticipating dozens of organisations from across St Helens, big and small, to be taking part in the buddyboost challenge, and we'd love to see your organisation sign up and take part too.
We know from evidence that employees who are more physically active take fewer days off sick, have a lower turnover and are more productive in their role. We also know that employee mental health was worsened significantly as a results of lockdown restrictions over the past year, and that colleagues especially working from home have felt isolated and cut off from seeing their colleagues. This campaign is designed to help both your organisation and your employees health and wellbeing, focusing on a feel good activity designed to bring your teams closer together.
Employees can do their activity in non-work time or during working hours, depending on your company's own policies, flexi-working or shift patterns - you may also consider allowing staff the 26 minutes of paid time to do their exercise to encourage them to take part.
We're asking organisations to pre-register their interest with a named champion or point of contact within each business so that we can send you some further information about the campaign. We'll make it as quick and easy as possible for you to then be able to disseminate this information across your workforce. Please visit the Active St Helens website and complete the workplace sign-up form if you're interested.