In 2016, our research into the wellbeing of event profs resulted
in the launch of QHotels'
Wellbeing Guide. This year, we're delving even further into our
research with event profs, including members of our
Event Profs Panel.
The Fitbit Challenge will see event co-ordinators at QHotels,
members of our Event Profs Panel and other industry guests wear a
Fitbit to track their wellbeing at work, monitoring aspects such as
heart rate, step count and hours slept, to see if and how wearing a
Fitbit at work can have a positive impact.
One of QHotels' Event Profs Panel members, Hannah Hodges, will
be taking part in the challenge, so keep a look out for her
experience here on our blog. But first up, here's Conference &
Events Operations Manager at The Queens, Sunil Lad's
Fitbit diary from Sunil Lad, Conference &
Events Operations Manager at QHotels' The Queens,Leeds
Here in the conference and events team at The Queens, we're
always busy. Whether it's co-ordinating executive boardroom
meetings or organising a conference for 500 delegates, no two days
are the same. And while this keeps me motivated and makes my job
exciting, it also means that my general wellbeing can fall down my
priority list at busy times - particularly in the run up to a big
This is a common issue for event profs, so I was interested to
take part in the challenge to see how wearing a Fitbit can
Over two days during the annual sales conference for the QHotels
national team at the hotel, I wore the Fitbit and kept track of
different aspects, such as my heartrate, step count and overall
awareness of wellbeing throughout the day. Here are the
My first day of the event involved quite a lot of running
around, changing room layouts (lifting and moving furniture such as
tables and chairs) and liaising with chefs to consider a few last
minute changes to the lunch menu and delegates' orders.
I'm no stranger to physical activity or exercise. I make a
conscious effort to be active and spend a lot of my free time
playing football, so I was surprised to see that my heartrate
ranged between 82 and 102 bpm throughout the day.
On reflection, this is probably a fairly healthy heartrate to
have while on your feet all day, whereas I often consider that my
heartrate should stay at under 100, as this is a healthy resting
heartrate. It made me realise just how active I am during
One of the biggest surprises for me was just how many steps I
had taken at the end of my first day. My step count was at 32,760
and I'd travelled the equivalent of 22.7km! This seemed like a huge
amount/distance, which really made me think about just how much me
and the wider team do at big events and just how much activity goes
into our day-to-day job.
Day two was more relaxed in the morning as we didn't have to
make any changes to the layout. The day mainly consisted of
checking and transporting some AV equipment that arrived at the
hotel for the second day of the event, as well as liaising with
many of the delegates throughout the day and evening.
I noticed that my heartrate ranged between 82 and 91 on this
day, a little lower than the day before. I still travelled an
impressive 15.12km, taking 22,221 steps. This was another surprise,
showing that even on days where I feel like I'm less active, I'm
doing much more than the average step count, which is around 3,000
- 4,000. Fitbit's target is 10,000 a day, so I even bested
My overall experience
Wearing the Fitbit over the two days definitely highlights just
how active I am at work - much more so than I thought. Even though
my mind was on the event itself and what I had to do next, having
the Fitbit on is a reminder of your own body and wellbeing - which
can never be a bad thing!
Before I started the challenge, my biggest concern was the
impact of not having a set routine. The varying days and times I
work make it difficult to wake up, leave the house and eat at the
same time every day. Sometimes I'm conscious that this means I take
the easy, quick option for lunch, buying from a local shop or café
rather than preparing a healthier lunch the night before. And while
the Fitbit doesn't highlight how healthy my food choices are, it
did serve as a reminder of my wellbeing and made me think about how
smaller changes could make a big difference to my overall health at
Having travelled such a long distance, having a high step count
along with no reminders to move (which the Fitbit does if you've
been stationary for a prolonged period of time), I'm definitely
going to start going easier on myself in the days following a big
event. I'm usually relaxed after big events, relieved that the
stressful part is over, but often force myself to go to the gym or
do something particularly active. Moving forward, I think I'll give
myself more laid-back, relaxing days off work and the chance to
Fancy challenging yourself with a Fitbit? Book your next
event with QHotels and you can claim a Fitbit or Apple Watch.
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