Walking 10,000 steps per day is a habit that is often recommended for a healthier life. Many doctors and health studies have indicated the benefits of adopting this simple habit into our daily lives. Even health insurance companies have come up with specific policies wherein you get to pay a lower premium if you stay fit.
And now, a UK-based company has taken a unique step towards making its employees healthier.
UK Company Hiring ‘Chief Steps Officer’
UK-based fitness company GymBird wants you to be its CSO (Chief Step Officer). For the company’s first such hire, it is looking for a person to walk 10,000 steps a day for $10,000, according to its site.
Accepting the offer requires the Chief Steps Officer to train for a month until they feel comfortable walking 10,000 steps in a single day, as per the CNBC report. The CSO who lands the job will get a smartwatch from the company to track their progress.
Throughout the month, they’re also expected to share their experience on their social media accounts with one post a week, encouraging other people to walk more often. “By the last day of the month, they must walk the full 10,000 steps within a 24-hour period,” the company wrote in its job offering.
Eligibility For Becoming A Chief Steps Officer
To participate in this unique challenge, you must apply by July 19, 2023. The full list of requirements for the role includes:
Be at least 18 years old.
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
Film a two-minute video describing how the experience is going each week.
Write a paragraph at the end of every week to recap your experience, including your “activities, challenges, successes, and overall feelings.”
Upload one social media post every week “to encourage and empower others to take their first step.”
Not only can this opportunity make you $10,000 richer, but it can also make you healthier. The company finds it important to encourage people to move their bodies and stay active. The fitness company hopes to offer more “accessible, high-paying jobs that are fitness-related” in the future, Ashley Walton, co-founder of GymBird, says, as per the report.
“Years ago, I was in a severe car accident that resulted in severe nerve damage, and I had to relearn how to walk. So, walking for me is something that I don’t take for granted,” says the co-founder.
“We really want to inspire people to take the next step in their fitness journey, and walking is a good way to start for a lot of people. And we’ve already received so many really neat and inspiring messages from people, saying that this has made fitness feel accessible and reachable to them.”
Research Showing Benefits Of Walking
Just under 10,000 steps each day (9,800) can lower the risk of dementia by 50%, according to two studies published in JAMA Neurology and JAMA Internal Medicine last year, as per the report. For every 2,000 steps you walk daily, you can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and premature death by 10%, peaking at 10,000 steps, the research shows.
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