The challenge is supported by parliamentary authorities and aims to raise awareness among parliamentarians of the importance of physical activity for their own physical and mental well-being, and that of their constituents.
Organized by ukactive – the UK trade body for physique – and supported by global fitness tracking provider, Myzone, the challenge will run from Wednesday 2nd November to Sunday 30th November.
The initiative has been endorsed by parliamentarians, including Ms Leadbeater, who is passionate about sport and physical activity.
Ms. Leadbeater said: “I am very proud to be an ambassador for the Parliamentary Physical Activity Challenge.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of physical activity not only for the physical and mental well-being of those of us in Parliament, but also within the communities we represent.
“This challenge will allow all parliamentarians and their teams, regardless of their current activity level, to demonstrate how physical activity can support us all in our work.
“I encourage as many of my colleagues as possible to get active for their own health and to promote wellness across the country. »
The Parliamentary Physical Activity Challenge will see MPs – including Ms Leadbeater – Peers and their staff handing over MZ-Switch heart rate monitors to measure their activity levels accurately throughout the month.
Myzone Stress Points (MEPs) are earned by exercising in your target heart rate zones over a set period of time.
By signing up to the Myzone app, MPs, peers and their teams will be able to see if they are meeting the World Health Organization guidelines for physical activity.
Individuals and teams in Parliament will be able to track their progress through the weekly leaderboard which ranks participants based on average rated MEPs, meaning they can engage in friendly competition within Parliament.
At the end of the challenge, ukactive will provide a final leaderboard showing those with the highest scores.
Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “Physical activity is crucial for our physical, mental and social well-being, which the pandemic has highlighted.
“Today many of us are facing increasing pressure at home and at work, so it’s more important than ever that we prioritize our health and stay active.
“Recognizing that working at Westminster can be demanding, we hope this challenge will provide an opportunity for parliamentarians and their staff to consider their level of physical activity, as well as its importance to the constituents they serve.
A similar Myzone initiative has already proven successful in Washington DC, where more than 500 members of the US Congress, Senate and their teams have just completed their second annual challenge.
Dave Wright, CEO of Myzone Group, said, “This challenge follows the Congressional Physical Activity Challenge in the United States earlier this year, which had over 500 participants leading by example by earning Myzone Endeavor Points.
“It would be wonderful if our leaders and their teams at Westminster also led by example.”
To learn more and to register for the challenge, email Stephen McLoughlin at [email protected]
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