The average office worker takes 3,000 steps a day which is a far cry from the healthy minimum of 10,000 steps a day. This month, Team Derma took on the challenge of hitting 10k steps per day and raising money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance at the same time.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. It is a permanent life-long condition but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It is the most common physical disability in children.
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s priority is to help babies, children, teenagers and adults living with cerebral palsy lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive life possible. Their therapy teams work with individuals and families to maximise their participation in the community.
To ensure people with cerebral palsy have access to high quality and innovative services and programs, Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides professional development and training for employees within the disability sector. They also fund important cerebral palsy research in Australia and overseas through our Research Foundation. We think this is a fantastic cause to dedicate our stepping & fundraising too!
This week we hit our halfway point and have so far completed a whopping 2,290,655 steps in our humble company! These include normal walking of course, but also other activities such as gym workouts, yoga, pilates and even cleaning the house!
Our diaries have lunchtime walks scheduled in (a great excuse to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather – with a hat & SPF of course!), fitness classes and we’ve even started doing yoga once a week in our boardroom! While 10,000 steps a day is quite challenging for us team members sitting at our desks the majority of the day (our warehouse team are smashing Steptember!), we’ve found it super refreshing to be focusing on moving our bodies more. We celebrate those who hit the big numbers, as well as those creating healthy new habits, such as walking to do the school pick up or parking a block from work & walking the rest of the way.
We’re also enjoying the added benefit of exercise increasing blood flow, giving our skin cells a nice boost of oxygen and nutrients! All in all, we are having a wonderful start to spring and we hope you are too!