Tour de Office Ride Week is coming – October 10 – 14 October 2022!

Tour de Office is your ‘off-the-shelf’ workplace wellness and fundraising event solution. To date, the  “in-office” corporate cycle challenge has raised over $1.3 million for charity and runs for one week during October in various locations around Australia – and the globe!

The corporate cycle relay challenge gives participating organisations an opportunity to raise funds for a charity of their choice through peer-to-peer fundraising. Not only that, but it also raises awareness about the health risks workers face by sitting for extended periods of time. During the week long relay event organisations host a stationary bike within their workplace and encourage staff to ride 30 minute legs.

If your organisation is looking to boost employee engagement, corporate wellness, team building, social responsibility, and client engagement – then Tour de Office is for you.

Explore our 2022 packages and choose what suits your organisation download them here.

If you’re a repeat host and would like a custom quote based on an event using your existing Tour de Office equipment, contact us today.

We would love to hear from you if there’s a cause you’re passionate about supporting, or if you are a charity looking to increase your fundraising. Our friendly team is here to talk you through how you can engage your team with Tour de Office.

Tour de Office Ride Week is coming this October 2022 – dates to be announced soon!

Tour de Office is your ‘off-the-shelf’ workplace wellness and fundraising event solution. To date, the corporate cycle challenge has raised over $1.3 million for charity and runs for one week during October in various locations around Australia – and the globe!

The corporate cycle challenge gives participating organisations an opportunity to raise funds for a charity of their choice through peer-to-peer fundraising. Not only that, but it also raises awareness about the health risks workers face by sitting for extended periods of time. During the week long relay event organisations host a stationary bike within their workplace and encourage staff to ride 30 minute legs.

It’s a fun way to engage your staff and is suitable for all fitness levels – no lycra required!

We would love to hear from you if there’s a cause you’re passionate about supporting, or if you are a charity looking to increase your fundraising. Our friendly team is here to talk you through how you can engage your team with Tour de Office.

The team at Healthy Workplaces is delighted to announce the appointment of Amy Hyslop as Charity Leader.

Healthy Workplaces Board Member Tudor Marsden Huggins said Amy was chosen after an extensive and extremely competitive selection process.

“Amy is an outstanding choice, bringing a wealth of experience from both a philanthropic and business background,” he said.

Previously Ms Hyslop was the Acting CEO of Brisbane Writers Festival and has experience in senior roles with QUT, UQ, The International Water Centre and Musica Viva.

“This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for Healthy Workplaces and the Board is looking forward to working with Amy to ensure the charity continues to deliver on its remit to produce fun and engaging corporate wellness initiatives” Mr Huggins said.

Commenting on the appointment, Ms Hyslop said she was excited to be taking on the role.

“I look forward to working with the board to deliver high quality fundraising and corporate wellness initiatives.”

“Healthy Workplaces is in great shape and I’m looking forward to exploring how we can expand the reach and influence even further of our robust events program.”

The team at Healthy Workplaces is delighted to announce that our charity has been selected as the charity partner of choice for Brisbane Cycling Festival’s B-Well Day – Friday 8 April 2022.

B-Well Day is a positive promotion of health and wellbeing and has a corporate workplace focus.

A highlight of B-Well Day is the all-new B-Well Corporate Teams Challenge that will take place on the King St Kick-It Street Criterium Circuit that the elite National Road Series riders will race later that evening.

The B-Well Corporate Teams Challenge is an exciting opportunity for the business community to get their staff and/or clients together to enjoy an exciting, fun teams event raising money for a great charity.

FORMAT: Four (4) people per team 30 minutes plus 2 laps Individual and team prizes.

HOSPITALITY: Access to the Beerhaus King St Kick It VIP event including beverages and canapes to watch the elite racing.

TEAM PRICE: $900 (GST ex)

TEAM FUNDRAISING TARGET: $1,000 per team.

You can book your tickets here to support Healthy Workplaces.

You can also join Spokes and Jokes as part of B-Well Day.

Spokes ‘n Jokes officially launches a massive 3 day festival program at the Brisbane Showgrounds & King St precinct!

In 2022 Spokes ‘n Jokes will embrace our new initiative; “B- Well Day” – a theme day designed to actively promote positive health and wellbeing.

Hosted by Matt Keenan of SBS Sport, this relaxed cocktail style event on the Beerhaus lawns of King St will include guest speakers, comedian and interviews with current and past stars across all disciplines of cycling including Gold Medalist Logan Martin.

Guests will enjoy a 2 hour beverage and canapé package and will have the opportunity to stay on to enjoy all the action of the all new Festival Corporate Teams Challenge and the King St Kick-it Street Criterium racing taking over King St and Gregory Terrace for the evening.

Working out can be a rewarding experience, but modern routines can often discourage a healthy lifestyle. In fact, clinical psychologist Sara Linke reports that 50% of people who start an exercise routine will quit before 6 months. It’s extremely easy to find yourself “too busy” to work out, or to feel demotivated due to less than stellar results. However, there are a couple of tricks you can use to keep pushing for a better, healthier lifestyle.

Making Sitting Breaks a Habit

Working from home has become the new normal. And while we expect to save a lot of time by not having to commute to work, it feels like we’re still working harder than ever. As a result, the number of hours we spend sitting down in front of a computer screen has multiplied.

Being focused on work means you may forget things like the hot cup of tea waiting for you. In order to remember to take your sitting breaks, we at Tour de Office recommend setting an alarm for breaks. You may not want to at first, especially if you want to stay focused and on tasked. However, you can always use the opportunity to take a walk, reflect on work, and come up with even better ideas.

Letting Health Rewards Keep You Motivated

Starting an exercise routine definitely isn’t as glamorous as it seems. Beginner attempts at exercise might end up with you straining a muscle, or the realization that you’re wearing the wrong clothes. But this awkwardness is only temporary.

Experts at Liverpool John Moores University say that the first results could appear as soon as three weeks after starting to exercise. You may feel that it’s easier to run up and down the stairs, or that you don’t get exhausted as easily as before. This is the exact moment exercise becomes rewarding by itself. So making an additional effort during the first couple of weeks and keeping consistent is the best way to achieve a self-sustained stage of fitness.

Start Slow but Aim High

Most people start working out to achieve a specific physical and health ideal. As a result, they tend to follow different exercise routines that haven’t been adapted to their needs. Consequently, most beginners end up feeling too exhausted to repeat any attempts.

The truth is that no athlete started running tens of miles or lifting enormous weights on the first day. Instead, the most effective way to turn exercise workouts into a habit is by starting very slow. According to The Nation’s Health, low-impact exercises offer many of the same benefits as high-impact ones, and may even be better for you in the long run.

Having the Right Mindset

There’s no better feeling than when you finally achieve your fitness goals. You feel lighter, stronger, and your mood improves considerably. For many people though, this will be a fleeting experience, and it’s all too easy to return to harmful habits.

When people interrupt their workout routine, they tend to respond by indulging themselves in self-pity or agonizing over things that they can’t control. Amy Morin’s book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do explains how these destructive habits are what ultimately prevents us from achieving our goals. The book discusses how she explores different ways to break these habits, based on her years of experience as a psychotherapist.

Small Steps for Big Results

In order to build your body, you first have to train your mind. Beginners may disregard the importance of these statements, but for those who have successfully overcome numerous routine interruptions, it’s a hard-earned lesson. By following simple steps like starting slow and learning how to break disruptive habits, you can gather the mental strength you need to become healthier and happier, and see results that are worth all the effort.

 

Article was specially written for www.tourdeoffice.com by Allison Campbell

It’s no surprise that employee engagement has a direct effect on business performance. 

Actively disengaged employees can be a costly problem, with studies estimating the total annual loss in revenue for a business being up to 34% of an individual’s salary. To put that in perspective, someone that’s making $60,000 a year is costing their company $20,400 on average. Let’s say you’re an organisation of 1,000 people, statistics have indicated that 17.2% of the workforce is actively disengaged, therefore this would predict 172 of your people are disengaged. If the average salary is $60k p/a, that’s up to $3.2 million dollars EVERY YEAR in company costs – now that’s a lot of money!

These groundbreaking stats have forced employers to reassess company priorities, turning to wellness events to combat the problem and finding great success. As a direct result, surveyed organisations found a reduction in absenteeism, improved physical and mental health, reduced turnover, improved productivity, and huge boosts in engagement. So much so that highly engaged teams were found to show 21% greater profitability! 

Choosing a wellness event that’s right for your employees needs is incredibly important. One of the most popular and effective options largely revolves around physical activity due to its extensive list of benefits. Those who participated in a wellness event involving physical activity found long term benefits through making better lifestyle choices, leading to improved stress, depression, and life satisfaction. Up to 61%  of employees agree that they have made healthier lifestyle choices directly because of their company’s wellness program.

Having healthier employees does actually correlate with happier employees. And you know what happens when you have happy employees? People have a much better chance at success. A win win!

Here at Healthy Workplaces, we cater to a range of company needs to help reengage employees. Whether it’s low morale, sedentary tendencies, or even just looking for something new to try, Tour de Office and Step Forward are here to help. Both our in-office, and out of office programs are easy to do and also heaps of fun! If you’re looking to support your workers, give a wellness event a go and see for yourself.

2020 has disrupted many of our corporate traditions. Office birthday celebrations, team building events and end of year parties will all look very different this year. So what will corporate gifting look like as the holiday season approaches? Can you expect to see those gift hampers start arriving from December 1st? You know the ones. The baskets of varying sizes, teaming with chocolate coated almonds, wine as well as jellies and jams made from a curious combination of seasonal fruits. Not the healthiest or the most original of gifts… 

As your healthy workplaces partner, we’d like to suggest a few alternatives to this corporate tradition in 2020: 

Charitable Giving

Consider donating to a charity that is important to your client. You might even consider donating to Healthy Workplaces; the charity that brings you Tour de Office and aims to raise awareness about the negative health impacts of inactivity! 

Health and Wellbeing

Initiatives like Tour de Office and Step Forward can engage your clients in a fun, positive and inclusive workplace activity! 

Healthy Hamper

If you can’t let go of the hamper, why not pack it with items that support the wellbeing of your client? These could include anything from yoga passes and resistance bands, to healthy snacks seasonal produce.

We look forward to seeing how organisations tweak their gifting this season to ensure they are helping, not hampering, workplace wellbeing. 

 

In response to the recent developments with COVID-19, many employers have made the choice to have their teams work from home for a short period. Working from home may be appealing for some (hello no commuting) but can be challenging for others (hi extroverts). We want to make sure you are keeping up with healthy workplace practices from home as we are all too aware of the negative health effects of sitting down all day. Here are three simple tips so you can #quitthesit

1. Set an alarm for every hour to get up out of your seat.

In the office, you would be used to getting up regularly to talk to a coworker or move to a meeting room. But when you are working from home, with no one else there, and no meeting room to walk to, you might just forget to move. Set an alarm to stretch those legs and get your blood flowing.

Bonus: Being in your own home is a great opportunity to do some basic exercise you can’t complete in the office. Do a few yoga poses or jog on the spot for a minute.

2. Take a lunch break.

No, we don’t mean moving to the couch for some Netflix. Give your eyes a rest by taking them away from your computer screen and get yourself away from your desk. 

3. Go for a walk.

Make sure you’re getting in your 30 minutes of exercise a day even if you can’t go to the gym. Fit this in either the morning or afternoon when you would have been commuting. It’s a great opportunity to get some Vitamin D while helping you clear your mind and give you the energy boost to get through your work-day or unwind from it.

Stay healthy riders and help us #quitthesit

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According to the Department of Health, nearly 70% of Australian adults (i.e. almost 12 million adults) are sedentary or have low levels of physical activity.

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Dr James Levine

The cost of chronic illness to Australia is more than $15 billion each year. The occurrence of chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes is rapidly growing; 280 Australians diagnosed with this preventable illness every day. Research demonstrates that prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Remaining seated for too long is bad for your health, regardless of how much exercise you do.

Studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death. 

The human body was designed to move… and to keep on moving. The only way to reduce the risk of chronic diseases is to break up the amount of time we spend sitting each day with exercise.

The Simple Ways to Increase Activity While Working

  • Park a block further away from the office
  • Hop off the bus/ train a stop early
  • Take the stairs or exit the lift early
  • Regularly stand up and stretch
  • Take phone calls while standing – walk around if possible
  • Walk across the hall to speak with a colleague rather than sending an email
  • Use an exercise ball as a seat. Balancing will engage your core and work those abs!
  • Take your lunch for a walk- enjoy it in the fresh air
  • Engage in ‘walking meetings’
  • Switch to a standing working station 
  • Increasing Wellness at Work

The modern workplace is seeing increased employee flexibility, healthier work environments and improvements in technology to support wellness. From ergonomic office furniture, stand up desks, in-house gyms to healthy snacks in the kitchen or vending machines and apps to track and remind users about mobility – there are many ways to encourage us all to be healthier.

Corporate wellness programs are designed to support employees in understanding health risks and choosing healthy behaviour at work to improve their overall fitness and reduce their health care expenditure. These programs can reduce the cost of hospitalisation, emergency room visits, specialist visits, and surgeries. Moreover, corporate wellness programs result in a decrease in absenteeism, increase in productivity, and improvement in the quality of life of employees.

If you are looking for more ways to get your staff active and healthy at work and would like to participate in Tour de Office, we are delivering more flexible, custom event options designed to suit your organisation’s size, culture and budget – find out more and GET INVOLVED!

More Resources

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

25 Best Fitness Apps for 2017

Forbes – The Ten Best Exercises to do at your desk

Deskercise – 33 smart ways to exercise at work

 

Christmas time is upon us again! This sentence can spark joy for some, and trigger an internal eye roll for others. With the endless celebrations, a long shopping list, and work deadlines to meet; it can be difficult at this time of the year to keep up your health and fitness routine.

But we are here to help with 4 tips on how to keep healthy over the holidays.

Tip #1

Quit the sit! As the deadlines draw nearer, and the calendars fill up with social events, it can be easy to stay seated all day. But, just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean we don’t need our daily dose of activity. Be sure to schedule time to use your stand up desk, suggest that walking meeting, and take that lunch time stroll. It all adds up and you’ll feel better for it. If you’re new to the whole stand up desk thing, I suggest setting a goal of 1 hour per day and then slowly increase your time standing each week.

Tip #2

Try to limit the snacking at home and at work. With lots of delicious food on offer, it is easy to give into the temptations. We don’t expect you to be the Christmas Grinch and say no to all of the treats. However we suggest finding a middle ground. Allow yourself to indulge once or twice a week… just not everyday. 

Tip #3

Get outdoors for some incidental exercise! It’s basically an oven outside in Australia during the Christmas holidays. To keep cool, you can run outside with the family underneath a sprinkler, or if you have access to a pool or beach, go for a swim. You will build up an appetite for all of those prawns in no time.

Tip #4

Many people travel over the holidays and may not have access to their gym. Not having access to the gym equipment you are used to can sometimes lead you to not do any exercise at all. If you can relate to this, we suggest creating a circuit that you can complete with family or friends. We have made a suggestion below to get you started!

Complete 3 rounds of the below:

20 squats
20 sit ups
10 pushups
10 burpees

The circuit doesn’t have to be fancy. Just enough to get you out of breath and sweaty for 20-30 minutes.

We hope the above tips help you to sleigh this holiday season, and kickstart 2020.

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

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