Weingarten Realty’s annual Fitbit walking challenge is well underway with more than 120 participants and more than 19 million accumulated steps for the month of June. Employees may compete in three competitions that take place from June to August. This month, employees have assembled in to teams of five to compete in the Fitbit TEAM Challenge. The Fitbit challenges are an excellent way for employees to stay in shape while engaging in a little friendly competition.
The front runners for the June competition are Veronica Mejia (Accounting, Houston) and Bobby Baca (Human Resources, Houston). Mejia and Baca are neck and neck, making it a close call as to who will take first place. The possibility of beating Baca is what keeps Mejia motivated throughout the competition. “Bobby and I have a friendly competition going,” Mejia said. “He won last year, so I told him that he would have to work hard to win this year (so far, it looks like he’s working hard). Thus, the thought of Bobby possibly winning motivates me to keep going.”
For Jeri Braswell (Leasing, Houston), the incentive of staying healthy for her daughter keeps her excited and encourages throughout the competition. “Staying healthy for my daughter and supporting my teammates by getting lots of steps motivates me,” Braswell said. “I’m happiest when I’m running – it’s good therapy.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help you:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones
- Lift your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
Visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261 for more information on walking techniques!
As the competition continues, Weingarten associates are doing whatever it takes to get as many steps in as possible. “I start walking at work at 6 a.m., I walk with my IPod on the fourth floor and am able to get one and a half hours in before 7:30. Most other teams are just getting up, and I may have between 10 to 13k steps by then. I’m the mail clerk, so my job consists of a lot of walking between mail runs and just checking floors. Before lunch I like to have between 20 to 25k steps, more than what some people get in a whole day.”
As the June competition wraps up, a Fitbit Buddy Challenge will begin in July. Luckily, Baca and Mejia won’t be able to team up in the buddy contest, since the top 15 walkers in June can’t team together. In August, the Fitbit Individual Challenge will begin.
As a company, we are dedicated to a healthier lifestyle, and our monthly Fitbit challenges create an exciting way to get healthy!