Australian Outdoor Living\u2019s 12-week step challenge proved to be a hit among employees. Australian Outdoor Living is a company passionate about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. It is that passion which drives them to push their employees to look after both their physical and mental well-being. Earlier this year they encouraged their team at the company's headquarters to participate in the 12-Week Step Challenge \u2013 a program designed to increase the amount of steps taken each day. The challenge required participants to walk 10,000 steps a day for 12 weeks. National Marketing Manager Alex McConville was the brains behind the challenge, with the inspiration being his love of healthy living. \u201cBeing passionate about health and well-being, I decided on introducing a step challenge for the Marketing team,\u201d he said. \u201cI also thought it would help to promote team bonding.\u201d Mr McConville was surprised when his suggestion was met with such a positive reaction. \u201cAfter the rest of HQ got wind, they all wanted to jump on board,\u201d he said. \u201cI was overwhelmed by the response and buy from the staff, who all put a great deal of effort into pushing themselves to keep their step-count up.\u201d During the 12-week step challenge, employees managed to walk a combined 20 million steps, equating to about 16,000 kilometres. That\u2019s equal to one lap around Australia. Mr McConville was happy to see employees embrace the challenge. \u201cI think that many were surprised with how well they did and it certainly encouraged staff to get up from their desks and out of the office in their lunch break,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was great to see them enjoy the outdoors \u2013 after all we are all about outdoor living.\u201d Social Media Coordinator Hanna Tomkins said the challenge had a positive impact on the team. \u201cThe HQ team embraced the step challenge. Who knew we could all be so competitive?\u201d she laughed. \u201cI noticed that after making a conscious effort to move throughout the day that I was less restless and my back pain improved.\u201d \u201cI definitely think it\u2019s something all workplaces should encourage.\u201d Mr McConville said that the popularity of the challenge meant that he would try and organise another one later in the year. \u201cI hope that people finished the challenge feeling healthier and happier and closer to their team mates,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ll look to run another in the spring if anyone is keen.\u201d Read what CEO Chris Taylor had to say about the step challenge here. Read here to see other committed employees at AOL. Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: \tOutdoor blinds\u00a0 \tArtificial grass \tRoller shutters \tConcrete and fibreglass swimming pools \tCarports \tTimber decking \tPergolas, verandahs and patios Have you been thinking about making renovations to your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form to the right of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.