Steps to Health updates

Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Steps Challenge. Team members are asked to track their steps for week 1 and week 5 in particular during the challenge as these will be used to monitor progress nationally.

Competition News

Best team names will be announced later in the week. We will be sending Healthy Ireland t-shirts to the winning teams.  

This year you will have opportunities to  enter competitions organised by your local Health Promotion and Improvement teams. Team coordinators will receive an email from them with the details of competitions they are running. 

Stay Active for Wellbeing

Being Active makes us feel good, it is good for us physically and mentally.  By doing the HSE Steps to Health Challenge you are going to help boost your mood and also to reduce your stress levels.  Physical activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to be of benefit. The more time spent up and about moving the better.

Increasing the amount of steps we do each day and week during will help build healthy habits which over time will give benefits:

  • Reduce risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Help lose weight and maintain weight loss 
  • Reduce risk of developing bowel cancer

Reduce Sitting Time

Sitting at work all day can counteract the health benefits you get from exercising and can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

More than half of all workers in Ireland have been able to work from home since restrictions began, with 53% of them sitting down for longer than when in the office or their usual place of work.

One in four of those who are sitting for longer are remaining sedentary for at least three hours more than previously.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s Escape Your Chair Heart Month campaign supported by the HSE is calling on the nation to Escape Your Chair by moving for a minute each hour during the day.

  • Sign up at www.EscapeYourChair.ie for ideas and resources
  • Move for one minute each hour of the working day during September
  • Host a stand up coffee break on 29th September World Heart Day

Links

HSE staff exercise videos . Eight 30 minute sessions for beginners in Pilates, Yoga, Strength and Conditioning and Chair based Yoga. 

www.irishheart.ie 

www.mentalhealthireland.ie