Game on for workplaces in Lunchbreak Battle
Monday, February 10, 2020
The challenge has been set for Tauranga workplaces in the 2020 Cooney Lees Morgan Lunchbreak Battle: get out from behind the desk and get active in three hilariously fierce and fun lunchtime competitions.
Starting February 27, the Cooney Lees Morgan Lunchbreak Battle includes indoor rowing, a K-Valley cycle relay and a scavenger hunt over three Thursday lunchtimes lasting 45 minutes.
The name of the game? “To sit less and move more,” says Sport Bay of Plenty recreation team leader Sonia Lynds.
“The challenge is deliberately designed to be short and sharp so workplaces can easily take part during a lunchbreak.”
But it’s not all fun and games, says Lynds, as there’s also some serious benefits to being active at work: “Many of us can spend up to eight hours a day seated, and inactivity is one of that main risk factors for heart disease and chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
“The good news is that physical activity, in whatever form, is proven to lower the risk of health conditions, boost your mood and enhance your focus.”
There’s also the added bonus for workplaces that encourage their staff to be active, as studies show physical activity improves social relationships, work performance and productivity, and reduces sickness and absenteeism from work and workplace injuries. 1
Participants don’t need to be sporty to enter, but Lynds says they should be prepared to work up a sweat and have loads of laughs as the challenges include indoor rowing, a cycle relay and a scavenger hunt to test brains and brawn. All events will be held in Tauranga central locations.
Entry and participation in the Cooney Lees Morgan Lunchbreak Battle is free, and entries close 5pm Friday 21 February. Local businesses and organisations can enter multiple teams of four. The event runs every Thursday from February 27 to March 12 from noon to 12:45.
1. Physical activity and its importance in the workplace, PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28617779
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