Senomyx Steps to the Occasion

October 24, 2011 Senomyx Health and Wellness

Senomyx Step Challenge - Amy

Senomyx employee Amy opts for the stairs instead of the elevator to increase her daily step count

While the concept of exercise has gravitated toward complicated machines, Senomyx recognizes that one of the best forms of exercise is also one of the simplest: walking. Walking is an inexpensive and effective exercise for all ages and body types—not only has it been shown to help prevent weight gain and diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, walking also is a physical activity that is extremely easy to begin and integrate into daily life. In order to promote healthy living and the benefits of walking within our company, Senomyx started a walking contest—the Step Challenge—among our employees, distributing pedometers to monitor which employee and which team walked the most over the course of the contest.

Pedometers are simple, inexpensive devices that measure the number of steps a person takes in a day; while 10,000 steps is the target amount for optimum fitness, most inactive people (especially those with office jobs) take only 900-3000 steps in a day. We found, however, that it’s super easy to get more steps in every day—as easy as parking a little farther away, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or making an extra loop around the grocery store.

By the end of our Step Challenge, the winning employee had taken nearly 770,000 steps in 9 weeks, far more than 10,000 a day, and nearly everyone was noticeably walking more! By initiating ideas like the Step Challenge, we hope to keep physical activity and healthy living at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts.

Here’s an article from MSNBC about pedometers that has some interesting info about how using inexpensive pedometers can bring a variety of benefits: “Pedometers: Do they make a difference?

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