A virtual fitness club has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for its members and staff.
The virtual club takes the form of a dedicated CIOB group on social media site, Strava, which allows users to record their walking, running, cycling and other sporting activities.
The CIOB hopes that the club will help members and staff to maintain their fitness, improve their mental health and stay connected to others while social distancing.
The club can be accessed free through the Strava website or mobile application.
Caroline Gumble, chief executive at the CIOB, said: “We want to find ways to support members and staff during these unprecedented times. We’ve set up this online club so that members across the world can connect with each other, and us, maintain their fitness and take some time out of their day for themselves.
“But it’s important to stay safe – we urge those who do take part to do so responsibly and in line with the public health guidance of the country they live in. There is great strength in our community, and this is one way we can support, adapt and connect with each other.”
The US-based Strava service utilises GPS and other forms of data to track fitness activities of its users. There are more than 50 million users across 195 countries worldwide, with 20 million activities recorded each week. The free service is available on both IOS and Android platforms with no advertising on its mobile application.
To access the CIOB club online go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/607288 or search for The Chartered Institute of Building in the club section of the mobile application.
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