This year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month we challenged our employees to walk in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Maryland, whose mission involves saving lives by investing in breakthrough research to prevent breast cancer. As an external incentive for our team, FWA donated $100 to the Foundation for every 50,000 steps that each employee walked.
Many stepped up to the plate, with ten FredWardians walking 841,589 steps in ten days for a total of $1,300 donated! All participants were winners, but those that had the highest step counts were rewarded internally for going the extra mile (or two!). The top three walkers were Veronika Vall, EIT Project Engineer, Zashary Orengo, Design Engineer, and Cassie Hays, Marketing/Business Development Coordinator. Their walking processes differed, but the result proved that with perseverance and a good pair of running shoes, a high number of steps were achievable.
What Motivates You?
When interviewed, the top walkers agreed that their main motivation involved improving their overall health by incorporating walking into their daily exercise routine. According to the Mayo Clinic and the U.S. Department of Health, brisk walking can help manage or prevent conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your mood, balance, and coordination. By walking more, these health issues may be avoidable for many.
Tips for THOSE NEW TO Daily Walking
When it comes to daily walking, there are many different tips our walkers recommend to make sure you are getting the most out of your experience while staying safe.
- Making sure your shoes properly fit is important, and being professionally fitted at a specialty running store is ideal when figuring out what shoes are right for you to prevent injury.
- Hydrating throughout the day can ensure that you do not find yourself facing dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke if left untreated. Replace the fluids lost through walking by drinking water and replacing electrolytes during and after exercise.
- Stretching before and after can help prevent serious injury. Stretches that involve the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, abdominals and lower back, obliques, ankles, knees, and thighs can be beneficial to those that are considering walking more, especially for long periods.
- Bringing a friend along can be great encouragement and can hold you accountable to complete your daily walking routine.
As a company, FWA is always looking for ways to listen, design, and live better. We are proud to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Maryland while improving our overall health. To donate or learn more about breast cancer research, please visit https://www.komen.org/.