Tour de Office putting the brakes on chronic disease

Tour de Office, the office-based cycling challenge, is back for 2016 with a mission to get even more bums off chairs, and onto bike seats than ever before.

Sitting has become the ‘new smoking’ in regards to the lifestyle diseases associated with physical inactivity, and the cost of treating chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes is estimated at 10 to 15 billion dollars each year according to Diabetes Australia.

Employees, clients and friends will take turns to pedal 30-minute legs for eight hours a day in two main events held from 22 to 26 August in Sydney and Melbourne and 5 to 9 September in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to raise funds for charities.

Stationary bikes will be assembled in the offices of participating organisations and riders will collectively clock hundreds and thousands of kilometres while their ride is streamed live online. After raising more than $200,000 for worthy causes like Diabetes QLD and the Cancer Council in 2015, Tour de Office founder Tudor Marsden-Huggins is calling for new workplace registrations this year to crack an ambitious fundraising target of $250,000.

‘Because we spend so much time at work, the office environment provides an ideal setting to promote health and wellbeing to get our employees out from behind the desk and moving again. The average Australian spends over nine hours sitting down every day. That gives an individual a 40 per cent higher risk of dying within the next 15 years than someone who sits for less than three hours a day’ said Marsden-Huggins.

‘Workers should be breaking their sitting habits every 30 minutes. Getting on the Tour de Office bike during the workday shows people how easy it is to fit more activity into their day. We’d like to see more workplaces promoting wellness and physical activity to their employees this year’ he said.

This year an estimated 40 workplaces will participate with a whopping 3,000 riders participating throughout the week.

‘Tour de Office is the perfect excuse for employees to get involved with suppliers, clients and colleagues, with cycling widely being touted as the new golf for corporate networking, this office-based cycling challenge allows corporates to mingle in a fun and friendly environment for a good cause’ Marsden-Huggins said.

For details and to register for the event, go to tourdeoffice.com

Source: Tour de Office