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Walk Challenge

A free online challenge to help you start your walking journey in your own time from your own home.

Walk Challenge

A free online challenge to help you start your walking journey in your own time from your own home.

Walking is for everyone

Walking has often been described as the ‘perfect exercise’ because of the mental and physical health benefits it brings.

Most people can do it; they can do it from the front door; it can be easily integrated into everyday life; it doesn’t cost much and you don’t need a lot of gear, just a comfortable pair of flat shoes.

Walking can connect us.

For me, it’s the best way I know to connect with nature which in itself brings so many added benefits and you are playing your part in helping the planet. And it’s also a great social pastime if you choose to walk with a group or a couple of friends. In fact, walking allows me to indulge so many of my other passions such as photography, food and wine or beer and travel while keeping me fit and keeping stress at a low or nil level.

How this will work for you

Through regular activity like walking you are investing in you and in your health, your wellbeing and your longevity?

The more you walk you are likely to become:

  • Fitter
  • More mobile
  • In flow
  • Rested through sleeping better
  • More connected
  • Glowing
  • A few pounds lighter
  • More toned
  • Ready to take on the world
  • Less stressed
  • Happier and healthier
  • Able to spend more time in the moment

 

If this excites you then I’d like to invite you to join me and lots of other wonderful women on this Walk Challenge.

This is a rolling programme that you can join at any time. Historically we have always had a big push to start on Feb 1st every year which honours our very first Walk Challenge in 2015. Moving forward, you can join on the 1st of any month and we will make sure that in the One Million Women Walking community that there is a #monthlycheckin every month and more #annualcheckins too. When you join you will also become a member of our Inner Circle where you will receive regular updates and news about One Million Women Walking.

This year 1st September 2020 will see a major push as we introduce the Walk Challenge more widely, especially in the one million women walking community, as a new challenge which allows so many to build on their walking and to be accountable to your daily step count.

Your Personal Investment

The Challenge is a way for you to get support, to be accountable and to be inspired to integrate walking into you life.

You pledge to walk either 500; 1000; 1500 or 2000 miles or kms over 12 months and on the One Million Women Walking Facebook group using the hashtags #mondaycheckin and #walkchallenge. You post your steps and also your miles or kilometres. In the UK we are on miles. Then we also do a #monthlycheckin at the beginning of each month and some will post quarterly and annual check-ins so it’s important that you remember when you started.

This is not a competition as the only person you really need to compare yourself with or try to improve on, is yourself. It’s aimed to help motivate and inspire and all the women involved do just that and champion each other. We all have weeks when we walk loads and others when life gets in the way and we do less than we would choose and that’s fine. I find it really useful when training for a walking event or starting to build fitness or indeed recovering from an injury and returning to flow.

All you need is some method of recording your steps and miles. There are a number of trackers out there, the most popular being Fitbit trackers and you can also use apps on your phone or a pedometer. When we are talking steps and miles here, we are talking all steps so what you will cover in a day for instance. So having your fitbit on all day captures it all. This is not only, but of course includes, specifically going for a walk.

This is a free event which you can do from anywhere in the world. Be warned, it’s likely to change your world for the better.

“Just totalled up my steps for last week and made it to 70,408. This has been a gradual 3 week journey from 54,000 to 70,000. The shift has come around from getting rid of the second car which means doing the school run ‘walk’, walking down to the local high street or corner shop.” – Frea O’Brien, London

“Overall March was a good month – some weeks better than others but I find myself looking for ways to get out and about more than I did before so that’s positive! I can fasten the belt on my jeans one notch tighter so it’s having an effect on my body shape too!” – Linda Everett, Edinburgh

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