Spectrum Launches our Walking Challenge

Starting on March 26, 2012, Spectrum is taking on a unique walking challenge to celebrate the Year of the Dragon! Join your team, track your daily steps, and collect enough team steps equivalent to walking across the Great Wall of China. The first team to finish will win some great prizes (and some serious bragging rights). As a walking challenge participant you will receive a free pedometer, a personalized online walking log, e-postcards as you reach milestones along the way, and, of course, better health through increased activity!

Here are the walk details:

  • The challenge is 3.84 million steps (3,200km) from
  • Jiayuguan to Laolongtou which will take approximately 6 weeks (based on 10 people doing 10,000 steps per day).

Distance of towns along challenge:

  • Jiayuguan – 0 steps, 0m
  • Zhangye – 384,000 steps, 320,000m
  • Wuwei – 736,000 steps, 613,000m
  • Shizuishan – 1,536,000 steps, 1,280,000m
  • Yulin – 2,368,000 steps, 1,973,000m
  • Datong – 3,104,000 steps, 2,587,000m
  • Zhangjiakou – 3,360,000 steps, 2,800,000m
  • Badaling – 3,552,000 steps, 2,960,000m
  • Laolongtou – 3,840,000 steps, 3,200,000m

Check with your manager to see if there is a team for your staff group. If not, suggest starting a team or ask your manager for names of teams that are looking for members. You must sign up as a 10,000 Steps member to access the step log and team site. All the registration details can be found at http://www.10000steps.org.au/help/website-register/ Once you’ve registered, collect your free pedometer from your team captain, ask to be added to the team site, and start walking!

Why 10,000 Steps?

The ‘10,000 steps’ goal puts a focus on the accumulation of physical activity across the whole day, not just during organised sport and exercise. With continual advances in
technology and as our workplaces are becoming increasingly sedentary it now takes a concerted effort to make active choices. It is sometimes easier to make these choices when you have a motivational tool such as a pedometer reminding you how many or how little steps you have done for the day.

10,000 steps is the recommended daily step goal for a healthy adult. The following pedometer numbers have been developed to provide a guideline on how many steps are
enough.

Steps Per Day Activity Level
<5,000 sedentary
5,000 – 7,499 low active
7,500 – 9,999 somewhat active
≥10,000 active
≥12,500 highly active

The goal of 10,000 steps per day works in conjunction with many National Physical Activity Guidelines which suggest adults get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. [1] Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity such as walking, is approximately 3,000-4,000 steps. Therefore a healthy adult would need to accumulate an additional 6,000-7,000 steps throughout the day to reach the 10,000 steps daily recommendation. This can be done by making active choices while at work, and throughout the rest of the day.

Source: 10,000 Steps http://www.10000steps.org.au