Showcases / Walk da Rock Step Count Challenge – get your year off to a flying start!

The howling north wind didn’t deter this group of Lerwick walkers who were out enjoying a brisk and bracing stroll on Tuesday (left to right): Eva Yates, Greta Johnson, Jenny Wiseman, Jasmine Moncrieff, Ann Sinclair, Lauren Peterson, Morag Nicolson and Betty Dinwoodie. Photo: NHS Shetland

Do you find your motivation to be active takes a dip after Christmas? Keen to take part in a fun challenge with your family and friends to help keep you moving through the winter months? Want to feel better, sleep better and have more energy?

Then the Walk da Rock Step Count Challenge could be just what you are looking for to kick-start your year.

After Healthy Shetland’s successful Walk da Rock challenge in January 2018 we are delighted to let you know that we are teaming up with World Walking again to bring you our next local Step Count Challenge.

The challenge will run for six weeks, starting at 9am next Monday (14 January) and ending at 9am on Monday 25 February. You can take part in the challenge in teams of up to five members.

To sign up all you have to do is visit https://shetland.bigteamchallenge.com

Once you have registered you can invite members to join your team. The World Walking app can link up to your step count app (Fitbit etc) to make putting your steps on easier, or you can type them in yourself online.

If you don’t have a step counter but you know the distance you have walked you can put this in, or why not download a free step count app if you have a smart phone?

We will provide help and advice about how to convert other activities you do into steps so that they can count towards your total.

Anything is better than nothing

When it comes to exercise anything is better than nothing, and walking for just 10 minutes can have lots of health benefits – not just for your physical health and fitness, but for your mental health and wellbeing too.

So sign up today and feel better while taking part in a fun challenge with your friends and family.

From our last challenge participants told us that they enjoyed completing it as part of a team, used it as a reason to meet up with friends, felt more energetic as a result of it and used it as a motivation to keep walking – even in the winter! So why not sign up and give it a try?

Note: if you can’t afford a pedometer, and don’t have access to a smartphone to get a step count app, please contact the Health Improvement Team on 01595 807 494 or email shet-hb.healthyshetland@nhs.net