Competition is a natural by-product of the work environment. Typically, employees are competing for a higher position, more responsibility and, of course, that bonus or raise. One way to put that competitive nature to healthier use is to channel it into company competitions. To combine a team-building exercise with the goal of having a healthy and fit organization, you can run a fitness challenge. There are numerous ways to do this that make it easy to implement.
1. Show me the prize money
HealthyWage offers wellness challenges with big prize money for the workplace teams that can score the biggest weight loss or achieve certain metrics established by a company’s corporate wellness program.
For example, a team challenge can lead to a top prize of $10,000 split amongst that workgroup that scores the greatest weight loss. Some of the competitions involve the company putting up some money for their employees, while others require that employees chip in and wager against each other to meet their goals.
2. App-based challenges
The Tribe.Fit fitness and health challenge platform offered by your favorite sports, fitness or nutrition influencer is a way to promote a healthier way of life. Every entrepreneur has that competitive streak inside and this app is bound to bring it to the surface. This includes players from professional sports teams like the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos, as well as professional trainers and athletes. It’s got to be inspiring to go head-to-head against someone you admire, with a chance to interact with your favorite personalities.
Doing new challenges is also a great way to keep things fresh. But it’s not just fitness challenges; you can also create contests promoting clean eating and other important healthy habits. A Siri-like personal assistant also helps you quickly log your food and activity levels to help you get on top of your holiday season fitness goals!
3. A Biggest Loser contest
Just like the TV show, you’ll be able to recreate a weight-loss competition in your company. A kit on Pinterest contains all the official show rules and the format to set up this fun, results-oriented fitness challenge at work. It’s a good way to do individual or team challenges to drop those pounds.
4. A complete health and fitness challenge
While some competitions focus on weight, others go for physical challenges. To encourage a complete approach to health and wellness, you can design a fitness challenge that addresses fitness and nutrition. Establish a timeframe like two months or a quarter as well as create specific metrics for individuals or teams to meet in order to win a prize.
5. Miles to charity
Reward your employees for signing up for Charity Miles where their running, walking, or biking can be turned into money for the charity of their choice. Have your company become a corporate sponsor so you can get involved in a worthy cause and “walk the talk” about the need to do social good in the community. You can also opt to provide another prize or reward from your company for the individual with the most miles (and money raised).