Health professionals have long talked about a holistic approach to wellbeing. After all, physical fitness and mental health go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s hiking or handball, Pilates or Parkrun, regular exercise is known to raise endorphins and reduce stress levels. And in 2020, that’s never been more important. So, this year, UnitedHealthcare Global invite you to break away from the home office and join an epic group fitness challenge.
The ITIC Connected Exercise Challenge will see you travelling from London to Madrid – no passport required. While we can’t be there in person as planned, we can make the journey together. Whether you run, swim, cycle – or skip – we’d like you to help us travel the 1500km between the UK and Spain by 6th November. This collective group effort is set to build on the popular, and much-talked-about, UnitedHealthcare Global Steps Challenge that took place in Malta last year.
This time, we’ll stay connected using the ITIC Connected networking app. And this is where you can submit your challenge photos. Show us how you’re joining in and how many kilometres you’ve covered using #UHCGChallenge and the funniest, most inspiring or downright ridiculous attempt, as judged by our independent team, will win a brand new Apple watch. You’ll have until midnight on 5th November to submit your entries and we’ll announce the winner on the app the following day.
Plus new speaker confirmed!
How exercise can have a positive impact on mental health
To explore the links between physical fitness and mental health, we’re thrilled to welcome Kris Swarthout to the speaker line-up for ITIC Connected. Grab a coffee and settle down for a session that will cover working and working out from home, happiness-boosting exercise and how mindfulness can be life-changing.
Join Kris for this session – Thursday 5 November 2020 | 14:45 – 15:15 GMT
With a professional background as a global triathlon competitor, Kris began his sporting life on the track and continues as a coach. He currently trains the USA Paratriathlon National Team and speaks on behalf of the USA Triathlon Coaching Education Department, often drawing on his four years spent as the Official Age Group Coach for Team USA – a role that took him, and the squad, to the ITU World Championships and also the Olympics.
Today Kris inspires a new generation of triathletes as co-founder of the Leanda Cave Foundation – an organisation dedicated to empowering women with triathlon. He continues to train everyone from professional sportspeople to those dipping a toe in the world of triathlons. In all he does, his ultimate goal remains the same: to help people enjoy sport and family time, and achieve the ultimate balance in life.
Sign up for ITIC Connected to join the ITIC Connected Exercise Challenge
The chance to join the ITIC Connected Exercise Challenge and attend Kris’s session is available to all registered ITIC Connected attendees. You can find out what else is on the ITIC Connected agenda here. Register today for access to a full 3 day programme of expert insights, interactive sessions and stay-connected social events. Plus your profile in the ITIC Connected networking app