St Helens Council and MSP have been encouraging employees in St Helens to give themselves a boost this February by taking part in the Active St Helens buddyboost challenge.
During the lockdown restrictions and in the cold winter months it’s more important than ever to be looking after our health and wellbeing. As workers, we can spend a large chunk of our waking hours in work and perhaps in job roles where we don’t move around that much, which can impact negatively on our mental health and physical health.
Taking part in buddyboost is designed to help you combat stress and give you more energy, and you don’t need to sign up to a gym or start running a marathon! You choose the activities you want to do and the group of people you’d like to support each other with! Activities should be done on your own or fitting in with the latest COVID-19 socially distanced restrictions for St Helens, but could include walking, jogging, cycling, yoga, online fitness classes, dancing, gardening, or anything else that gets your heart pumping.
After you’ve completed your 26 minutes of activity, you log it on the free buddyboost app to share your progress with your buddy group of friends/colleagues. You can complete the buddyboost challenge on your own or with a group of up to five other friends or colleagues, and you can see what activities your buddies have been logging and send each other motivational messages and photos as part of your challenge.
MSP are delighted to be working with St Helens Council Public Health, St Helens Council and buddyboost to provide the challenge in the borough. Danny Woodworth, Physical Activity and Sport Officer at MSP, said, “This challenge is all about supporting each other to be more active, even if you feel like you’re a couch potato or if you’ve not been that active during lockdown. After the last year that we’ve had, it’s great to see people coming together to help each other cross the buddyboost finish line together.”
The challenge runs from Monday 1st February until Friday 26th February and is FREE to take part in. For further details and to sign up today please visit www.activesthelens.co.uk/buddyboost.