Angie's List employees get in step for better health
The Angie's List pedometer gets around.
When Angie's List employees hear the word challenge, it typically strikes up some friendly competition among co-workers. So the race was on when we recently launched an initiative to do a virtual walk to each city where our members live.
Dividing teams by department manager, we set out to do our first virtual walk from Monument Circle in Indianapolis to The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio. We gave employees a pedometer to wear every day and asked them to log their steps each week to help their team get closer to the destination.
Within the first week, each team had started plotting how to be the first to make it to the virtual finish line. All over the Angie's List campus, employees were showing me how many steps they had taken in the hopes they were getting closer to walking a combined team average of 175 miles (or 350,000 pedometer steps) to Columbus.
Teammates shared their strategies to get more steps, like parking in the farthest lot, walking at lunch, holding walking meetings and getting up to talk to a co-worker, rather than sending an email.
Even Angie stopped by to show me that she was wearing her pedometer on the side of her shoe. And another employee shared that it took 4,400 steps to walk from our offices to Starbucks. Others were finding more ways to walk, even when they weren't at the office. One employee now walks his three dogs separately, rather than together.
The Angie's List pedometers have traveled with employees on vacation to places like Colonial Williamsburg; Cozumel, Mexico; the Bahamas; Turks & Caicos, and even on a walking tour of The Playboy Mansion. Yep, the Angie's List pedometer gets around, and we're pleased employees are inspired to live healthier.
Dr. David Brehm, a highly rated primary care physician with Brehm Medical Center in Dallas, says that walking is a great way to stay in shape. "It requires no expensive equipment - all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a place to walk," he says. It's also a great way to slow the aging process, Brehm adds, increase your well-being, improve the quality of your sleep, raise your "feel good" endorphin levels, and it can slow the progression of dementia and prevent the onset of the disease.
We'd like to challenge you to get your friends, work buddies and family together to have your own virtual walking competition by tracking your pedometer steps to cities across the U.S. You don't have to go far - just walk and enjoy the steps to good health.
Kelsey Taylor is a certified personal trainer with the International Fitness Professionals Association, a sports nutritionist and a strength training instructor with more than 11 years of experience. For the past three years, she's worked at Angie's List as a wellness director/personal trainer for 600-plus employees.