Living, working and writing in the rainy city of Manchester.
A million steps in Manchester
This year on behalf of Diabetes UK, I am walking one million steps around Manchester and you can too!
It's a great way to exercise and explore the city whilst fundraising for a great cause.
A beautiful start to the day in Heaton Park
Each year Diabetes UK runs a walking challenge over the summer between the 1st July and 30th September. You have three months to walk one million steps - with other options available for those who would like to do more or less.
And there is still time to sign up and get the steps in!
I'm using the challenge as a way to help a cause close to my heart and also increase my fitness levels. I walked 10,000 steps everyday in March for another charity and really enjoyed the excuse to get out early and explore my city. However I find I am less motivated when I do not have a reason to get out before work and will then spend far too long sitting at a desk (that's office life for you!). That's what I signed up a couple of days before the 1st July start date as it is the perfect reason to give me the motivation to get up early and get walking.
The challenge that I have chosen is to do one million steps over three months and is described as a life changing challenge. Are you up for it?
There are other options available to suit every type of walker. Instead of the million steps you can also do half a million steps (or 5,400 per day) or 1,700,000 steps (which is 18,400 per day).
The longer distance might be an option for next year for me, but for now I'm sticking with the million doing 10,800 steps per day to reach the goal. You can track and log your steps on your dedicated profile on the website. There is also an option to keep a walking log and whilst there is no minimum fundraising amount they suggest trying to raise £150 overall, £50 per month, which is a great and (hopefully) achievable goal for anyone.
It is a way to get healthier, increase your daily steps and work towards a goal. I love a challenge as I think it helps keep you accountable. I am also seeing it as a way to explore more of the city and the cute walking spots all around Manchester. I started my journey in my local park, Heaton Park but I have plenty of steps to try new places.
The view from my morning walk
To join you simply sign up and set up a Just Giving page. You only need to raise £35 to get a medal and there are other rewards that are sent out if you hit certain fundraising goals. It is free to sign up which I think makes it great for anyone to join as some charity events have costly entry fees.
Walking is also a great free activity and combined with doing something good for a great charity this could be the start of an enjoyable summer exploring some of the best spots in your city too.
It's not too late to join. Why not see what you can achieve, I heard about the challenge last year and didn't want to be left behind this year. I'm on my way to one million steps and will hopefully raise some money along the way.
Why not take the first of your One Million Steps today?