Three weeks ago, the Beef + Lamb New Zealand team received a brief like no other. A challenge was set, and it would take some determination to achieve it, but the sum of our efforts would make it possible.
The aim – to walk the length of New Zealand before the festive season is upon us. Comparably on the global scale, we have a small country but this still equates to 1600 kilometres of foot to path contact.
As a crew of 13 fit and healthy individuals, we thought we had this in the bag as long as all participated. Our CEO quickly punched the numbers, and quickly realised this simply was too easy-going and that we could achieve more – to walk from the top of New Zealand, to the bottom and back up again – so all of a sudden we were committing to 3200km or about 246km each.
I can report the first week was our best, all motivated to contribute our bit, and with 221KM, we made it to Hikerenui. The second week, we racked up 400 km, arriving in Redvale then recently our latest stop was 583KM in Horotiu.
As part of our endeavour, we are jumping on board this month, to help raise awareness of the importance of being active for Diabetes Action Month. This year’s campaign is about educating the public around diabetes – did you know nearly one in 18 New Zealanders are affected? That includes one of our staff members. You’ll see some of team members’ posts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter showing how they are being active and getting behind the #JoinTheMoveMeant for #FitBitFriday – we encourage you to join in with your posts too as we hear there are prizes up for grabs.
In my experience, having an exercise target that is joined with others, hence a bit competitive, is a great motivator – knowing others are counting on you to log in your results to reach the common goal. And of course, there’s the added bonus that regular exercise is good for us in more ways than one – whether it be for heart health, muscle strength, agility, keeping fit and toned, and my favourite – mental well-being, there’s nothing better than escaping from the flurry of day or starting the day to clear the head and pound the pavement to boost your mood.
Being active is just one of the components of a healthier way of living, and we would love to hear your latest successes and challenges in your quest to being the healthiest version of yourself.
Disclaimer: kilometres are being covered in the vicinity of our homes and workplace and recorded by Map My Run.
Keeping track of our progress