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  • Writer's pictureIeva Dilinikaityte

21 Challenges to Try Out With Your Team

Ever thought of unleashing a wave of positivity and unity within your team? Well, buckle up because we've got the perfect arsenal of 21 challenges that will not only elevate team spirit but also bring a dose of joy and health into every corner of your workplace. Ready to ignite the enthusiasm? Let the challenges roll!

1. Water Warrior Challenge

Challenge: Drink at least eight glasses of water every workday for a month.

Staying properly hydrated is essential (you probably know it yourself) for your overall well-being, and this challenge encourages you to make it a priority. Drinking enough water not only keeps you energized but also helps improve digestion and enhances your focus and concentration. Organize this challenge at the office and stay hydrated all together! You can share photos of your water glasses on Slack or other messaging apps, or use a specialized app to track those.

2. Morning Stretches

Challenge: Start your day with a 5-minute stretching routine to increase flexibility and reduce muscle tension.

A simple morning stretching routine is a fantastic way to kickstart your day on the right note. It increases flexibility and helps alleviate muscle tension, making you feel more comfortable and ready for the day ahead. The improved circulation during stretches can enhance overall well-being, reducing the risk of stiffness and discomfort. With this challenge, you'll discover the joy of starting your day feeling more limber and less stressed.

3. Desk to 5K

Challenge: Begin a Desk to 5K program during your lunch break, gradually building up to a 5K run.

Committing to the Desk to 5K challenge is a fantastic way to incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine. Picture this: starting from a minimal running background and working your way up to acing a 5K run. It's not just about boosting your cardio and endurance—this journey wraps you in a warm hug of accomplishment. Plus, the endorphin boost from the regular sweat sessions? That means you strut back to the office with a big old grin and a bucket of extra energy.

4. Healthy Snack Roulette

Challenge: Bring a variety of healthy snacks to the office each week and encourage colleagues to try them.

The Healthy Snack Roulette challenge introduces a fun way to make nutritious choices at work. By bringing a variety of healthy snacks to the office, you'll be encouraging yourself and your colleagues to opt for better eating habits. This can lead to reduced consumption of junk food, resulting in improved energy levels, better nutrition, and overall well-being. Plus, it's a fantastic opportunity for everyone to discover new favorite snacks that are both delicious and nutritious.

5. Lunchtime Walks

Challenge: Replace your usual lunch break with a 30-minute walk, exploring your surroundings. Do it with your work buddy, rotating once a week.

Let's walk and talk! The Lunchtime Walks Duo Challenge isn't just about fitness; it's a chance to boost physical activity, mood, and team camaraderie. Exploring your surroundings together creates a refreshing break from the office, and by rotating buddies weekly, you'll build stronger connections within the team. It's a stroll towards well-being and a more personal workday. Grab a buddy, hit the pavement, and make lunch breaks a wellness adventure!

6. Plank Challenge

Challenge: Start with 30 seconds and increase your daily plank time by 5 seconds, aiming for 3 minutes.

The Plank Challenge is an engaging way to enhance your core strength and improve your overall posture. Starting with just 30 seconds and gradually increasing the duration by 5 seconds each day, you'll eventually aim for an impressive 3-minute plank. This exercise strengthens your core muscles, which are essential for maintaining good posture and overall body stability. Use the FittyAI virtual trainer to take out the guesswork - it will correct your posture and provide your accuracy chart so that your workouts are even better.

7. No-Sugar Month

Challenge: Cut out added sugar from your diet for a month (we know this can be hard, so you can at least aim for a week).

The No-Sugar Month challenge provides an opportunity to break free from the grip of added sugar. By eliminating sugar from your diet for a month, you with your team can reduce sugar cravings, which often lead to overconsumption of unhealthy foods. This challenge can significantly impact your overall well-being by helping improve your mood, stabilize your energy levels, and support weight management. No more sleeping during work meetings!

8. Desk Yoga Challenge

Challenge: Incorporate a 10-minute desk yoga routine into your daily work schedule.

The Desk Yoga Challenge brings the tranquility of yoga to your workplace. With a daily 10-minute desk yoga routine, you can alleviate stress and improve flexibility, even in the midst of a busy workday. These yoga exercises promote relaxation, enhance focus, and support overall well-being. Moreover, this will release tensions between the team.

9. Daily Gratitude Journal (work edition)

Challenge: Introduce a team-wide Workplace Gratitude Journal where each team member keeps a daily record of three things they're grateful for in the work environment.

This team-centric approach to the Workplace Gratitude Journal not only fosters individual well-being but also strengthens team dynamics. Team members can express gratitude for collaborative achievements, support from colleagues, or positive aspects of their work environment. This challenge enhances team positivity, reduces stress collectively, and cultivates an optimistic outlook within the workplace.

10. Bike to Work

Challenge: Initiate a Team Bike to Work challenge, encouraging team members to collectively bike to work at least once a week for a healthier and eco-friendly commute.

The Team Bike to Work challenge transforms commuting into a team activity with both individual and collective benefits. By biking to work together at least once a week, team members not only increase their physical activity but also contribute to a reduced carbon footprint as a group. Cycling promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens leg muscles, and improves overall fitness for everyone involved. This challenge fosters a sense of camaraderie, supports a healthier lifestyle for the team, and aligns the collective effort towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly workplace.

11. Fruitful Desk Challenge

Challenge: Keep a bowl of fresh fruits on your desk, and aim to consume one serving daily.

The Fruitful Desk Challenge encourages a more nutritious approach to snacking while at work. By keeping a bowl of fresh fruits on your desk and aiming to consume one serving daily, you'll improve your overall nutrition and energy levels. This challenge is an excellent way to replace unhealthy snacks with healthier options, making your workday more energized and focused. The regular intake of fruits provides essential vitamins and nutrients that contribute to your overall well-being.

12. Stress-Relief Coloring

Challenge: Equip each team member with a stress-relief coloring book at their desk for spontaneous bursts of creativity and relaxation.

Coloring isn't just a solo act; it's a team affair! The Team Colorful Break challenge transforms stress relief into a shared, engaging activity. Encouraging team members to dive into their coloring books during breaks fosters a lively and creative atmosphere. Not only does it provide a collective stress-busting outlet, but it also brings the team together for moments of shared relaxation and focus. This challenge turns the ordinary work break into a vibrant, team-building experience, making the workplace a more colorful and enjoyable space.

13. Pedometer Challenge

Challenge: Kick off the Team Step-Up Challenge by collectively aiming for 30K- 50K steps per day (or more!)

It's time to step up together! The Team Step-Up Challenge transforms daily activity into a collective mission. Each team member contributes to the shared goal of achieving a certain amount of steps per day. This can be 30K, 50K or even more - depending on how large is your team. This challenge not only increases physical activity but also promotes cardiovascular health and aids in maintaining a healthy weight for the entire team. Embracing this challenge will not only boost individual energy levels and mood but will create a shared commitment to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

14. Healthy Recipe Exchange

Challenge: Share and try out healthy recipes with colleagues, creating a monthly recipe exchange.

The Healthy Recipe Exchange challenge is a delightful way to foster better eating habits and teamwork in the workplace. By sharing and trying out healthy recipes with colleagues, you'll create a monthly recipe exchange that encourages nutritious eating. This challenge not only introduces exciting new dishes into your workday but also promotes culinary skills, and creativity and even saves you bucks from eating out each day! It's a fantastic opportunity to inspire one another to make healthier food choices and enjoy the benefits of a more nutritious diet.

15. Meditation at the Office

Challenge: Dedicate 5 minutes together to meditation before or after work, creating a collective oasis of calm.

Let's find our collective zen! The Team Zen Break challenge invites every team member to set aside just 5 minutes before or after work for a rejuvenating group meditation. This challenge isn't just about personal serenity; it's about creating a shared space of calmness and focus within the team. The Team Zen Break challenge brings a sense of tranquility to the workplace, fostering a more focused, harmonious, and mentally resilient team. Get ready to breathe, relax, and bring a bit of zen to your workdays!

16. Green Office Challenge

Challenge: Create a mini indoor garden in the office, with colleagues taking turns to care for the plants.

Let's bring a touch of nature into our workspace with the Green Office Vibes Challenge! Create a mini indoor garden and take turns caring for the plants. Not only will it reduce stress and improve air quality, but it'll also bring a peaceful and productive vibe to our workplace. Plus, it's a team effort, fostering teamwork and responsibility, making our workspace a harmonious and thriving hub

17. Office Mindful Minute Alarm

Challenge: Set hourly alarms for a collective Mindful Minute break, inviting the whole team to focus on deep breathing and relaxation.

The Office 'Mindful Minute' Alarm challenge encourages you to take regular breaks throughout the workday to focus on deep breathing and relaxation. The Office Mindful Moment challenge transforms the work environment into a space where well-being is prioritized, creating a more harmonious and fulfilling team experience. This challenge not only supports your mental health but also contributes to a more productive and fulfilling workday.

18. Fitness Class Fridays

Challenge: Organize a fitness class during lunch breaks on Fridays, rotating activities like yoga, Pilates, or Zumba.

Fitness Class Fridays make Fridays at the office more energetic and enjoyable. This challenge involves organizing fitness classes during lunch breaks on Fridays, with rotating activities such as yoga, Pilates, or Zumba. Engaging in these activities not only increases physical activity but also boosts team spirit and camaraderie among colleagues. The fun and interactive nature of fitness classes makes them an enjoyable addition to the workweek, contributing to improved well-being and a more positive atmosphere in the office.

19. Office Squat Challenge

Challenge: Squat for a minute or two each day.

Start with short durations and gradually work up to a 2-minute wall sit. This will help participants strengthen their leg muscles, improve overall body strength, and reduce sedentary time. Or turn it into a competition!

Use FittyAI virtual trainer to see who can do more squats within a minute, and who does them most accurately.

20. Chair Squats Challenge

Challenge: Do chair squats during short breaks to strengthen leg muscles.

By doing chair squats during breaks, we're toning those leg muscles, getting stronger, and saying goodbye to too much sitting. It's an easy fit into our workday, making our office culture more active and health-conscious. As we build strength as a team, get ready for that shared sense of accomplishment and a boost of vitality. Ready, set, squat with the team

21. Water Drinking Buddy Challenge

Challenge: Find a water-drinking buddy at work and remind each other to stay hydrated.

Employees pair up and commit to reminding each other to drink water regularly. This promotes accountability and increases water intake, which can lead to improved energy levels, enhanced focus, and overall well-being. This challenge builds a supportive and health-conscious workplace environment, where colleagues work together to stay hydrated and feel their best.

In a nutshell, consider this as a nudge for a promising beginning. Feel free to pick and choose what resonates with you. If you're keen on diving deeper into fitness challenges, why not explore our FittyAI virtual trainer during a personalized demo? It not only tracks repetitions and accuracy but also adds a competitive spark. For assistance in implementing any of these challenges, book a demo with our customer success team. We're here to make your workplace wellness journey seamless and exciting!

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