10K a Day for Life Walking Challenge
"10K a Day for Life" Steps Challenge and Leaderboard
Members are automatically displayed on the new "10K a Day for Life" steps leaderboard, viewable by their group members only, when they track any steps for the current month. To be removed from the leaderboard, simply go to My Account, Edit Profile, and select the check box for Walking Steps under Privacy Management, and finally click Update Privacy.
The leaderboard displays the top-10 teams and all individual members participating in the challenge by the total number of steps tracked for each month. There will be special badges displayed on the leaderboard for members who meet their own personal daily goal or track 10,000+ steps on any given day, and also a trophy for the winning team each month displayed on the team's homepage for 30 days following the previous monthly win.
Tracking Your Steps with my95210
my95210 makes tracking your steps easy either by syncing your my95210 account with a FitBit or Jawbone account, and letting a wearable automatically count your steps taken, or by members directly typing in a specific number of steps or minutes of walking time each day into the daily steps fields. A pedometer may also be used to track your daily steps, and then at the end of each day, add the number of steps taken to your account. Five points are awarded per 10,000 steps. Minutes tracked may help to increase your time being active, or may increase a pace over a specific distance.
10,000 steps is the optimum number of steps most should reach each day!
For the average person this equates approximately to 5 miles, and depending on your length of stride.
“The average stride is 30 inches (2.5 ft) and is the common default on most pedometers. A mile is 5280 feet which equals 63,360 inches. Divide 63,360 by the average stride of 30 inches and the average steps in a mile is 2,112. Divide 10000 steps by the average steps per mile of 2112 and the number of miles in 10000 steps is 4.73 or almost 5 miles.“
- Thank you Beth!
Five miles may seem like a long distance, but spread out over an entire day and with some extra steps during a break or lunch, it's achievable for most people. Tracking your daily steps with a pedometer and recording them with my95210 is very easy and will encourage you to reach your personal goal or the optimum goal of 10,000 steps each day!
If you're not reaching 10,000 steps yet, work your way up there! Some sedentary people only walk an average of 1,000-2,000 steps per day, and if this is you, set small goals each week and work on increasing your steps by at least 500-1,000 a week on your daily walks until you reach 10,000 steps every day!
Are you already walking 10,000 steps per day? Then you need a greater goal! A steps challenge is a great worksite wellness activity where employees can challenge their co-workers to see who walks the most steps each day or month. Walking is one of the most affordable and effective ways to get the office moving! Prizes and certificates can be incorporated into the program for winners to make walking more fun and competitive.
Although expensive running shoes are not necessary, comfort is crucial! If you plan to walk at work, be sure to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes or keep a spare pair at the office.
The elevator to success is broken...TAKE THE STAIRS!!
How to Increase Your Steps
- Take the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator.
- Park farther away when you drive to a location and walk the remaining distance.
- Walk around the block during a 10-15 minute work break (and take your water bottle!)
- Wake up 30 minutes early each day and take a brisk walk around your neighborhood.
- Set a daily steps goal and slowly increase your daily steps to reach your goal!
- Dedicate time every day for brisk walks during lunch or after work to increase your heart rate.
- Find a walking partner so you have someone to chat to as you walk.
- Get an MP3 player and listen to your favourite music or podcasts as you walk.
- Plan interesting walks during your days off (visit a state/local park!)
- Join a walking group!
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