Content Design Specialist
Content Design Specialist
Why You Should Participate in the Next Step Challenge
The Step Challenge is exactly as it sounds–it’s a competition to see who can take the greatest number of steps over a certain time period. Benovate hosts a few of these throughout the year, so keep an eye out for announcements. Any Benovate member can join and the challenge takes place right within your Benovate account, where you can keep track of your progress and view leaderboards. You even have the chance to win prizes, either for meeting certain step goals or for taking the most steps overall. Watch for specific details and be sure to join a contest during the registration period dates so you don’t miss out on a chance to show us what you’ve got!
Benefits of Participating in the Next Step Contest
The Step Challenge is much more than a friendly competition, it offers health benefits that you may not even realize. Walking and running carry many benefits, including weight management, improving mood, balance, and coordination, prevention/management of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, and it strengthens your bones and muscles! Walking outside has the power to clear your mind, and can even be a great stress reliever. The quicker and longer you walk, the greater the benefits!
Along with physical benefits of getting some extra steps in your routine, there are many benefits in a workplace challenge. Engaging in a physical activity challenge can give an extra spark to your job, and can make it a fun place full of productivity. You will be more focused with your extra energy, and will be able to stay motivated throughout the day without the need for sugary drinks or snacks. You may compete with people you’ve never gotten the chance to speak with, and can build a community fueled by friendly competition. Along with community comes support. For example, you and a coworker may motivate each other to get some extra steps in, and even take a walk together.
Getting and Keeping track of Your Steps
Whether you’re a running junkie or hate exercising, the Step Challenge can be completed by anyone in whatever stepping-form you choose. Enjoy nature? Go on a walk and count your steps! Climb stairs (rather than taking the elevator) in your office? Chalk ‘em up and count them in the challenge! You can even count your steps from your bed to your fridge, from your car to the front door, while your mopping your floor, or any other common activities you do each day. Any of these actions can get you 1st place in the challenge as long as you get the most steps in.
It would be nearly impossible to accurately count every step you take each day, so using a fitness tracker is an excellent way to keep track of your stepping progress. Many smartphones also have built-in pedometers that send activity data to certain apps. These trackers can accurately count your steps whether you’re taking one step each hour or are going for a long run. Fitness trackers also connect right to the Benovate platform, so tracking your efforts in the Step Challenge will be a breeze.
Tracking Steps within Benovate
Keep in mind that you will need to connect and sync a wearable tracker or smartphone pedometer app to your Benovate account in order to participate in a Step Contest. Not sure how to connect? View instructions below. Benovate connects with many apps that can track steps and other activities right through your phone, even if you don’t have a wearable tracker device. If you are a member and you want to see the list of trackers and apps that you can connect, log into your account. You can even connect more than one tracker!
Are You a Member? Still Need to Connect Your Trackers?
Follow these 4 simple steps:
1. Log into Benovate.
2. In your Dashboard on the left, (tap the person icon – top left on mobile) click “Connect” within the Health Snapshot tile.
3. Find tracker device(s) you would like to connect to your account; click “Connect” and follow the prompts.
4. Check your Health Snapshot tile daily to see how you’re doing!
Feel free to reach out to us for help if you have any trouble getting yours set up or have any questions about certain apps or devices.