It can be difficult to fit even a short workout into a busy working day.
Our research shows that the average employee sits for 8.9 hours per day, with one in four exercising for less than 30 minutes per week. Being able to exercise at work with the support of an employer could make all the difference.
That’s why we’ve partnering with Sport Relief to ask employers to encourage their staff to get active for 15 minutes a day. It’s all part of the charity’s ‘Billion Steps Challenge’, which will see the nation uniting to walk one billion steps a day, between 17- 23 March. The challenge has been backed by Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch.
We’ve given Sport Relief a National Lottery grant of £300,000 to reach new audiences, including people from an ethnic minority background and those on a low income. We’re delighted to be encouraging people to get involved, get active and raise funds.
Billion steps challenge
To help with this challenge, you can download Sport Relief’s free app , which has plenty of 15-minute step-based workouts. There’s tips and information from celebrities including Joe Wicks, The Body Coach and England Rugby player James Haskell.
The app will help track your steps, and you can take on challenges and create leagues to compete against friends and colleagues. Go head-to-head to see who can log the most steps throughout the week.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the workplace, everyone is encouraged to step up to the challenge and take part.
Our chief executive Jennie Price said: “I’m incredibly proud that Sport England is partnering with Sport Relief for another year. What Sport Relief does brilliantly is make sport and activity fun and appealing to people who may have thought it was not for them."