There is an old Chinese proverb which says that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There is a lot of wisdom in this saying simply because every journey — no matter the form or intent — begins with a single step. It is this single step that leads to the next step, and the steps after that.
While this is a concept that can be applied to any endeavor, it is particularly apt for this month’s theme which focuses on exercising for good health. This comes after we have explored the topics of mental recovery and healthy eating as part of Paramount’s on-going health and wellness campaign, ‘Reset. Recover. Restore.’
This is also in line with our Group-wide ‘Steps Together’ challenge which began on 1 March 2021 and will end on 30 November 2021. Here’s where employees are encouraged to team up with colleagues from different departments to walk regularly and achieve the most steps to win rewards. Paramount is also participating in the SOCSO [email protected] Challenge which kicked off on 1 July and ends on 30 September this year.
We managed to speak to some of our Round 1 winners to find out how they managed to achieve such a high number of steps, their motivation and the benefits they have reaped from this. We also also chatted with a few participants who did not win this round but were able to lend some interesting perspectives on their fitness routines.
Exercising for better health
Ng Siew Choo | Paramount Property Northern
This lady achieved the highest number of steps topping the list with a whopping 22,440 steps in the individual challenge, contributing to her team’s win as first prize winner for the group challenge. Despite her win, Ng who works in Procurement, is modest about her achievement which she explained was primarily motivated by her desire to improve her cholesterol levels.
When asked if it was difficult to achieve the high number of steps, she exclaimed, “Of course! To do this, I walked in the morning and evening for about a total of 3 hours a day.” Ng explained that her typical day would begin at 5am with a morning walk before work while evenings would be spent jogging with a colleague who was also participating in the challenge but in another team.
Despite the challenges, Ng said she enjoyed the three-month challenge as it gave her an opportunity to prove what she was capable of while giving her an opportunity to bond with her colleagues along the way. However, Ng said that she will most likely not repeat this feat as her preferred exercises are hiking, yoga and qi gong.