Ideas and activities for your Step Challenge

15 May 2020
Walking photo - steps 2 cropped

You’ve made it half-way through the Step Challenge and there’s just two weeks to go. We know that keeping your step count up can be a challenge so we’ve gathered some ideas, tips and resources to help you reach your 295,000 steps target for the end of May. 

A little help from your friends

  • It’s not too late to enlist the help of some friends. You can divide the amount of steps and reach your 295,000 target as a team. It’s a great way to stay connected whilst we’re apart.
  • Set some healthy competition - challenge friends and family to see who can complete the most steps over a weekend, or who can complete the most steps by midday

At home

  • If you’re working from home, switch some of your video calls to phone calls so that you can walk and talk at the same time
  • Walk on the spot whilst cooking, watching TV or brushing your teeth to get your step count up
  • If you’re finding it difficult to keep your step count up each day, go for a long weekend walk instead. You could try somewhere new or go off the beaten path in your local area.
  • Create a circuit in your house or garden and challenge yourself to a certain number of laps
  • Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to do some steps. For example 10 minutes of steps every two hours.
  • Set yourself a stair climb challenge. Pick a landmark, complete the equivalent number of steps and see how high you can climb!
Virtual building Number of flights
Millennium Dome, London 21
Sydney Opera House, Australia 28
Big Ben, London 42
Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland 45
BT Tower, Birmingham 66
Blackpool Tower, England 69
Canary Wharf Tower, London 107


Here are some tips from those taking part:

“My tips for completing the steps are to do a variety of activities each day and listen to a motivating playlist full of your favourite cheesy pop songs! It’s easy to accumulate a lot of steps when you’re having fun!” - Sophie

“I have been fortunate to do the Step Challenge with my family. It’s brilliant to be able to support and encourage each other. We’ve also found it helps to share your fundraising story on social media platforms. We’ve been amazed at the generosity of people. It’s for such a worthwhile cause.” - Paula

“My top tip for staying motivated for the step challenge would be to plan your route in advance when going out walking, so you know what your goal is and where you’re walking to! Also wearing a Fitbit really helped me stay engaged as I was so shocked how many steps I’d done every time I checked it!” - Kimberley

Outdoors

This week the government released new guidelines meaning that you can exercise outdoors as much as you like whilst following social distancing rules. We’ve collated some ideas and resources for finding a new route to explore and get those extra steps in. 

Walking apps
Online resources

Ramblers, Find a walk near you

London bridges walk interactive map

National Trust's downloadable walks near London

Trekking routes

South Coast

Walk part of the South Coast Challenge

North

Walk part of the Lake District Challenge

Midlands

Walk part of the Malverns