TAKE THE STEP CHALLENGE
Are you ready?
The deadline to register for the current step challenge has past but we will have another step challenge coming soon.
Ways to get more steps
- Challenge friends or coworkers to see who can take more steps
- Walk with a friend, you’ll keep each each other accountable
- Make several trips up and down the stairs doing laundry or chores
- Listen to music or books on tape while walking
- Benefit a good cause by joining a charity walk
- Pace while talking on the phone or watching tv
- Park further away from the office or store
- Walk between meetings or during breaks at work
- Take the stairs
- Designate 10 minutes of your lunch break for a walk
- Get out of your seat for 5 minutes every hour
What past Step Challenge participants had to say
Amanda H., Special Education Director at Covenant Christian High School
I’m pumped your step challenge was so successful. We’ve really enjoyed the competition among the staff at Covenant. Many were upset they didn’t know about it or forgot to sign up. I loved the competition among co-workers! The challenge kept me motivated to stay active not only all day, but all week. Accountability was also a motivator. I knew the others were getting their steps in so I needed to keep moving to get my steps in. I also wanted to increase my steps from the week before and this kept me motivated to get just a few more steps in before bed each day. I love that you could personalize the challenge so I decided to set my own goals and use a new pair of athletic shoes as motivation. I look forward to continuing the challenge on my own.
Has the step challenge helped you to lead a healthier lifestyle? What are the habits you’ve changed?
I was much more conscious of my activity throughout the day. I don’t usually think about my steps during the work day and one can quickly become sedentary without realizing it. It was so easy to make simple changes to get those steps in. A few small changes I made included parking further away at work and the grocery store. I increased my walk each night with my dog. If I watched TV at night, I made sure to get up and walk around or do jumping jacks during commercials.
Would you recommend this challenge to others?
Most definitely! It’s been an easy and fun way to increase activity throughout the day and challenge myself. When’s the next one? 🙂
Dave B., Cedar Springs Schools Employee
The aspect that I liked most about the Step Challenge was that we turned it into a competition. Attempting to lead a healthy lifestyle and be active own my own can be challenging enough by itself, adding the competition of others motivated me to get up and get moving. I’m already a fairly active person, but the Step Challenge has motivated me to get up and move just a little more and pay more attention to my Fitbit. I would already check it daily just to see where I was and how close I was to the 10,000 step goal, but this challenge encouraged me to take that additional initiative and move around as much as I could to actually hit that daily goal.
I would absolutely recommend this challenge to others. In fact, I wish there was a way we could require this challenge to all employees and students. My son goes to school in Rockford and they offer a “mileage club” to students at recess that just want to walk or run. They have a system set up to achieve different goals and students are recognized at the end of the year if they meet their goals. He’s been so motivated to accomplish more during mileage club this year, he’s doing great!
Thanks for encouraging us and I look forward to future challenges!
Sarah S., Northview Public Schools Employee
I enjoy doing the step challenge for many reasons but mainly because I’m a competitive person. Knowing I’m hitting a goal of 10,000 steps a day is something I can obtain weekly. I found myself on week 2, trying to beat 10,000 steps.
I’ve found myself having a healthier lifestyle overall because after I get home from a long day, I can no longer make excuses why I should or shouldn’t go for a walk. I find myself only needing a few thousand steps which is obtainable after I get home from work. “A few thousand” seemed like a lot before I actually measured them, but it really isn’t that much.
I would highly recommend this challenge to others. This challenge allowed me to participate and compete with my colleagues. My goal is to find a way to “stay above water” and be healthy each day. This challenge helps me achieve that.
Joanne M., Coopersville Public Schools Employee
Thank you for doing this! My average steps for the day has always been around 11,000-12,000. Sitting at a desk all day can be a challenge for movement. Therefore, I am challenging myself to do 20,000 steps per day! I have become more aware of getting up and moving more during the day and I now walk during my lunch, as well as my nightly routine. Thanks again for the challenge!
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