Workforce Health | By | 06/15/18 | 2 Minute Read

3 Workplace Activity Challenge Best Practices That Never Fail

If you’re planning on running an activity challenge at work, but feeling stumped on where to start, this is the blog post for you. Here are 4 simple activity challenge best practices to follow that will motivate employees to stay active and go off without a hitch.

Prepare a communications plan

Make sure you create a communications strategy that helps everyone understand the rules and goals of the challenge. To keep participants engaged, make your communications a combination of tools, like FAQs and motivational messages. Remember that transparency is always the best policy, so be upfront about how the data will be utilized in the challenge. For more tips on crafting emails for your activity challenge, follow these tips.

Incorporate exciting incentives

You don’t need to break the bank to incentivize employees—small rewards can make a big impact. Remember that people are motivated in different ways, so explore what drives your employees and use that information to determine the best rewards. For example, offer a casual dress day for winners if you work in a formal office setting. Or make a donation to a charity of the winning team’s choice.

Keep challenges fresh

It’s important to switch things up when it comes to activity challenges. If you run the same step challenge time after time, chances are employees might feel a little case of “been there, done that.” When you begin to coordinate activity challenges, keep your program goals in mind and identify areas that can use a little refresh. For example, switch to a team challenge instead of individual, change the duration of the challenge, or focus on active minutes instead of steps.

This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.

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For more activity challenge best practices, including fresh challenge ideas inspired by Fitbit Health Solutions’ customers, check out our Challenges Playbook.




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From the blog archives: The Magic of 10,000 Steps

Fitbit put this goal on the map globally in 2009. Since then medical experts around the world agree that 10,000 is a healthy number for which to aim.
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A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that accruing more steps per day (up to ~10 000 steps/d) were consistently associated with lowering the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
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