Walk All Over Cancer
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10,000 steps a day in September to raise money for Cancer Research UK
Wake up, lace up and stride towards a cure for cancer! Get sponsored to take 10,000 steps a day throughout September, feel amazing, and bask in the knowledge you’re stepping up and raising money to stamp out the disease. Walking all over it, in fact.
Whether you do the distance by walking to work, taking up jogging, or giving up lifts and escalators, the money you raise will have a huge, measurable impact on our fight against cancer.
Well, based on the average person’s stride it’s 5 miles (or 8 km). You’ll have pelted through 150 miles by the end of the month - about the distance from London to Manchester (Or Paris to Brussels if you want to be all continental).
There are plenty of ways you can hit your daily target - rack up the numbers by walking all or part of your commute, taking the stairs at work, or even giving the dog a month of extra walks.
Don’t fret if you have an off day. You could always make the steps up on a nice weekend walk with the family – or just put in a bit of extra effort and make up the numbers across the next week.
We’ve put together this handy wallchart you can use to keep count of your steps. All you need is a pedometer that will count your steps for you. Your phone will have lots of free apps or you can buy one from your local gym or running shop.
Doing the distance will make a huge difference to your physical health and how you feel:
Even moderate exercise can build stamina, burn excess calories, give you a healthier heart and protect you against a range of diseases including cancer.
Walking is a great way to stay fit - an average 45 year old weighing 11 stone will burn 400 calories with 10,000 steps of brisk walking.
However you decide to get active, it’s also a surefire way to make you feel like a winner. As well as causing mood-lifting chemical changes in the brain, you’ll enjoy a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.
Once you’re signed up, there are plenty of great ways to fundraise:
- Encourage your mates to sign up and back up your efforts! Agreeing some forfeits in advance for the lowest fundraisers could spice things up.
- What’s your company prepared to donate to their new happier, healthier employee? See if they’ll match the funds that you raise or make a donation.
- Film a video or vine of yourself to show that you’re Walking All Over Cancer, and get your mug on your online networks’ news feeds.