April marks a brilliant month for health and fitness. With two fantastic events taking place, April is the perfect month to dedicate yourself to making changes for the better, to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. This month we are taking part with World Health Day and Big Pedal. Read on to find out about these events and how you can join in too…
World Health Day: 7th April 2019
This worldwide event takes place on Sunday the 7th of April this year, and is well worth taking note of. The day marks the anniversary of when the World Health Organisation was founded in 1948. The leading global health authority works in a variety of ways to ensure everyone can access and achieve better health around the world. From providing education and services, to carrying out pioneering research and studies, the World Health Organisation enables us all to be healthier.
Draw inspiration from this important day, and get involved in something that encourages you to be healthier each and everyday. Whether it’s signing up for a 10k, joining healthy cooking classes or trying your local yoga studio for the first time, on the 7th of April this year, do something that will benefit your health.
Big Pedal: 23rd April 2019
Sponsored by UK based cycling charity Sustrains, Big Pedal is the largest inter-school cycling and scooter challenge in the UK. The event was set up to encourage children, parents and teachers to choose two wheels over four to make the daily journey to school, starting the day right and inspiring a healthy lifestyle.
Taking place for ten days each year, there are prizes and incentives on offer to all that take part. Regardless of whether you are a parent or a teacher, Big Pedal can inspire us all to move a little more and make healthier choices. To get involved, make a commitment to cycle to work (where possible) for the ten day duration, starting from the 23rd of April.
Making this change should inspire you and make you realise it’s actually not all that difficult to increase the amount of exercise that you do each day. If you’re struggling to fit in your daily recommended 30 minutes of physical activity, swapping the car for a bike could be the answer.
For Employers: Getting your Team Involved
If you are an employer, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on national and local health and fitness events and occasions to see what you can get your team involved with. Having an incentive or a purpose is half the battle when it comes to encouraging people to be healthier, making events a great way to get more team members involved.
Consider putting together something for both of these events. On World Health Day, you could host wellbeing workshops in the office, and why not book everyone in to a group spin class for Big Pedal?
With summer right around the corner, April is a great month to get involved with various events and dedicate yourself to becoming fitter and healthier for the year ahead.