With our busy schedules keeping us moving in every direction, it seemed like the perfect time at Miron Construction to encourage a healthy focus on exercise with our ‘Fit For Me’ Exercise Challenge. Just in time to finish the summer strong and transition into fall, employees were given the opportunity to earn points and collect some great prizes for doing nothing more than exercising and recording their minutes on a weekly basis. There were no scales, no teams, and no detailed program to follow—the focus was simply to move our way to a healthier lifestyle.
The ‘Fit For Me’ 2013 Exercise Challenge ran for 8 weeks, from August 5th-September 29th. Based on guidelines through the American Council of Sports Medicine, the goal was to complete 1,500 minutes of exercise during the 8-week challenge (roughly 45 minutes of exercise 4 days/week). Employees received prizes as they reached milestones along the way, and those who completed the final goal of 1,500 minutes were also entered in a grand prize drawing to receive 4 tickets to a 2013 Green Bay Packers home game. To get family members involved in the challenge, employees earned bonus points each time they exercised with one or more of them. Another opportunity for bonus points came during the Fox Cities Marathon Festival of Races weekend. Employees could earn bonus points by participating in any of the weekend’s events, which included a 5k run/walk, relay marathon, half marathon and full marathon. A specific number of bonus points entered employees into an additional drawing.
Nearly 125 Miron Construction employees (from all 5 of our offices located throughout Wisconsin and Iowa, as well as from various project sites across the Midwest) participated in the ‘Fit For Me’ Exercise Challenge. Even more impressive, the total number of minutes recorded by these employees was 160,209, which averages out to roughly 2,668 hours of exercise over the 8-week challenge. In fact, 57% of participants completed the final goal of 1,500 individual exercise minutes. Those are pretty impressive numbers, considering a recent Gallup report that showed most Americans only exercise 3 times a week for approximately 30 minutes.
Then again, our employees are anything but average. I’d like to thank them for continuing to make health and fitness a priority in their lives, contributing to the overall health of our organization.
Remember to “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn