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Here at the Trust we encourage both our patients and staff to exercise regularly. Regular exercise is an important part of a person's health and wellbeing (see here for further information on the benefits of exercise).

To aid our staff to live a healthier life we are encouraging everyone to join the ‘Fit for Summer’ Challenge

Join the ‘Fit for Summer’ Challenge

It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.

Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.

The STH Health and Wellbeing team are therefore encouraging everyone to take up the ‘Fit for Summer’ Challenge:

Do the equivalent amount of exercise involved in completing one of 3 exciting missions:

  • Swim the English Channel (21 miles)
  • Walk from Sheffield to Lands End (365 miles)
  • Cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats (874 miles)

You can do your chosen mission at your own pace, on your own turf and tick off the miles week by week on a log card.

More about the missions:

Swim the English Channel 21 miles

Over the 21 week challenge period you could swim the width of the English Channel in your local swimming pool – length by length.

• Fastest ever one-way solo swim: Trent Grimsey of Australia in six hours 55 minutes
• Longest ever one-way solo swim: Jackie Cobell of the UK in 28 hours 44 minutes
• A total of 1341 swimmers have completed a total of 1801 solo swims
• Average solo crossing time: 13 hours 24 minutes
• Fatalities: There have been eight fatalities in the history of Channel swimming since 1845

Walk from Sheffield to Lands End 365 miles

Between 4th May and 27th September, walk the distance between Sheffield and Lands End – mile by mile.

365 miles over 21 weeks is about 17½ miles a week.

• You don’t need any special equipment – just a good pair of shoes.
• You don’t have to go out in bad weather – you can choose when to walk.
• You can include in your total, walking to work and any organised walks in which you take part.

Cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats 874 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats is 874 miles by road – a long way to cycle in one go. But if you split it into easy to ride chunks, those miles will fly by.

If you can manage cycle 42 miles every week over the challenge period, you will have cycled the distance from the top of Scotland to the most westerly point of Cornwall.

• You will need a decent bike and safety equipment.
• If you want to acquire a bike, check out i-Choose a Bicycle and save money on tax and national insurance
• It’s not cheating if you use an electric bike, as long as it’s one that you still have to pedal
• You don’t have to cycle in the rain – you can choose when and where to cycle.
• You can include in your total your daily commute and any organised cycle rides in which you take part.


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