One of the things we love about 10,000 Steps is that you can do your steps anywhere, any way, any time and make it a part of your every day. Whether it’s walking to the local shops or your playground, or letting the doggo take you for their walk, every little step counts towards your daily goal getting to where we live, work, learn and play. #everymovecounts
2020 has seen Queenslanders logging on to the 10,000 Steps website in record numbers with the program reporting a significant increase in new users and steps being logged during COVID-19! Queenslanders came together as one team in May to collectively log 1 billion steps in only 32 days and thousands of steppers have taken part in team Tournaments. Feedback from the Tournaments showed that staff were connecting more through their online steps, and challenges have provided the opportunity for a positive conversation focusing on physical and mental wellbeing and team cohesion while having fun (and encouraging them to walk more in their neighbourhood)!
The program is also excited to be working with many communities and groups by encouraging more walkable neighbourhoods with 10,000 Steps walkway signage on recreational routes in Queensland locations. If you have seen the 10,000 Steps signs in your neighbourhood, send a photo or selfie and let Queensland Walks, and 10,000 Steps know where!
2021 is a year to celebrate
Celebrating wins are so important and 2021 is going to be full of them as the 10,000 Steps program celebrates 20 years, we look forward to hearing more from the program in the New Year! Congratulations to all the participants, researchers and program staff who have been involved in the program over an impressive 20 years!
If you need some motivation to stay on track with your walking goals in 2021, be sure to sign up for the 10,000 Steps monthly Challenges where you can choose from 4 journeys and have a chance to win a pair of Asics or Garmin watch, every month! If you are a little unsure about how many steps you really need to take, view their Health Check article and we also love their 10 ways to stay on track article too!