You may be aware that May was National Walking Month, an opportunity to take the stairs instead of the lift.

While there appears to be a hashtag for everything, National Walking Month encourages us all to add 20 minutes per day to our weekly recommendation of 150 minutes exercising. Walking provides many benefits to both your physical and mental health; it strengthens your heart, decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke, controls high blood pressure and can prevent dementia.

We’re very lucky where our office is based that we can pop over to the beach for a stroll at lunch, or walk around Poole Bay, but if there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s hard to get your ideal steps in each day!

During April we had an internal competition, inspired by Ouch Training Team’s Midday Mile campaign, and the fortunate timing of #NationalWalkingMonth meant we could challenge our clients to a bit of light-hearted competition.

Without further ado, what you’ve all been waiting for, here’s the leader board from the month.

  1. Duncan, Morgan Sindall, 615k
  2. Elissa, Russell-Cotes, 579k
  3. Andy, Waterside Holiday Group, 536k
  4. Sue, Humphries Kirk, 531k
  5. Toby, Morgan Sindall, 524k
  6. Rob, Paultons Park, 491k
  7. Rachel, Nuffield Health, 442.9k
  8. Lauren, Paultons Park, 442k
  9. Simon, Humphries Kirk, 438k
  10. Sarah, Nuffield Health, 429k
  11. Jane, Haskins Garden Centres, 404k
  12. Lorna, Humphries Kirk, 387k
  13. Katie, Superior, 332k
  14. Shona, Liz Lean PR, 298k
  15. Lisa, Dolphin Shopping Centre, 288k
  16. Fran, Humphries Kirk, 268k
  17. Amy, Nuffield Health, 262k
  18. Will, Dorset County Show, 240k
  19. Will, Liz Lean PR, 219.9k
  20. Liz, Liz Lean PR, 219.1k
  21. Emily, Liz Lean PR, 209k
  22. Leila, Liz Lean PR, 200k
  23. Belinda, Liz Lean PR, 191k
  24. Carol, Liz Lean PR, 185k
  25. Claire, Liz Lean PR, 183k
  26. Naomi, Weird Fish, 182k
  27. Nicole, Waterside Holiday Group, 180k
  28. Holly, Liz Lean PR, 161k
  29. Cat, Liz Lean PR, 158k
  30. Alice, Liz Lean PR, 147k

Studies show that a quick walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So, for positive mental and physical health, walking’s an absolute must.

We’re all being mindful in the office to keep up the good work, and a few members of the team have commented on the positive effects they feel from being more conscious about it all. We hope that it’s also been a benefit to those who have taken part, and that we’ll all be more mobile in our day to day lives.


Thanks to Lauren at Paultons for providing a lovely picture of their gardens to accompany this post!