10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge – are you in?

It’s Mental Health Awareness week – what are you doing physically to improve or maintain your mental health?

If the answer it ‘not much’ or ‘I’m taking a break’, why not consider walking? It’s easy, it’s free and you can do it alone or with a friend! It is well researched that getting active will help not only your physical health, but your mental health as well! UC is currently involved in the 10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge, and it could be a simple way to get started without going the gym and getting really sweaty!

10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge 

So, while it’s called the 10,000 steps challenge, and we’d LOVE you to aim for that each day, you absolutely don’t have to. ANYTHING counts towards our total.  We came 4th last year (by 8 steps!), and we’re keen to make the podium this year, so we need your help!

Fun fact – 10,000 steps was a marketing slogan designed to sell pedometers over 30 years ago, and today, it’s instantly recognised as a magic number to reach for health. But is it the right number for everyone?

One size does not fit all – but every little bit counts!

The guidelines for healthy activity in NZ are 30mins on five or more days each week of moderate activity.  A brisk walk for 30mins will net you around 3,000 – 4,000 steps. Walking from your car/flat to uni and back will get you some more. Taking the stairs instead of the lift – even more. You get the idea. So, making simple substitutions in your day will add up, and take you toward the 10,000 target, which has got to be good for you right? Well, yes UNLESS you’ve got some medical conditions that might make this target a little unrealistic! If this is you, then aiming for 3,000 to 4,000 steps could be a good starting point, and then you’ve reached your 30mins a day.  If you’re at all concerned, please consult with your doctor before starting.

Head over to our website and find out more on how to sign up and how to record your steps or if that’s all a little bit too confusing, contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz  

The challenge has started, and it ends on October 11, but you can join in anytime – every little bit helps!

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