Players not alone in burning calories

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am


Usually the tech gadgets of choice in corporate boxes are Blackberries, iPhones or Androids, but for one bigwig in the west stand at Hong Kong Stadium pride of place went to a pedometer.

'For the past few years, we've had weight-loss initiatives within the company, and our senior guys lost about 150 kilos between them,' said Ian Edwards, executive general manager of Leighton Asia. 'Now we're taking that further and have purchased a number of pedometers in the past couple of weeks.

'The senior management team of 12 are doing 10,000 steps a day. We're plotting and graphing our results and looking at our personal goals weekly. We can see a great improvement in weight loss and fitness already.'

Edwards is giving a new meaning to 'trimming your staff'.

'The business has actually tripled in three years. We've increased the number of staff, but they're decreasing their waistlines.'

The Leighton Asia box is near the pitch and perched close to the South Stand, where several thousand were 'taking a walk on the wide side', to quote Lou Reed.

Things were more laid back in the Leighton box, where there was more of a walk in the park feel among the engineers and managers of the construction and mining services company as they relaxed with colleagues, family and business partners.

'We are not tightening our belts financially, but our staff are finding they need to adjust theirs. The hole punch has suddenly become a bit more popular around the office as the kilos fall away,' smiled Edwards.