Benovate Contests

The Step Challenge

Brittany Chester

Content Design Specialist

Brittany Chester

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.

Tips for Getting Started

You don’t need any special equipment or a gym membership–all you have to do is make some time and head out the door. A good pair of shoes that are well-fitted and comfortable is one of the only, and most important, things you’ll need. Did you know that athletic shoes are only made to provide proper support for a maximum of around 500 miles? So those three-year-old shoes sitting in your closet that look great on the outside are probably lacking the support you need on the inside. Invest in some new shoes if you haven’t had a new pair in over a year and you wear yours regularly. Using old shoes can put you at risk for injuries like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures.

Along with the right gear, you should learn the right way to start and end your workout. If you’re preparing to go for a longer fitness walk, warming up and increasing blood flow within your muscles will make you more comfortable, while reducing your risk of injury. Try some ankle circles, leg swings, twists, marching, or small hops to get things moving. After a few of these movements, start out slow and gradually increase your speed. At the end of your workout, slow down your speed again and perform a few stretches to cool down and help reduce soreness or stiffness. Try calf, hamstring, and thigh stretches and hold each for up to 30 seconds.

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!

(View Contest Rules)

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.

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