Are you the proud owner of a new Activity Tracker, Fitbit or Apple Watch? But is it still in the box or just used as a fancy watch?
Starting from Sunday 7th April: Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become fitter. Often overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
You don't have to walk for hours, a brisk 30-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150-minutes of weekly exercise.
So if you haven’t started using your Fitbit yet (or equivalent), then this is the perfect opportunity to get it out and get going to help us to reach one million steps by the end of April.
You DO NOT need any special equipment, all you have to do is track your steps using your activity tracker (most smart phones will have them if you don't have a Fitbit or the equivalent). Steps can be counted from you every day activities, however you can get 500 bonus steps by visiting our branch libraries and completing their story trails:
- The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: Central Library | Lewsey Library | Marsh Farm Library
- Peter Pan: Leagrave Library
- Princess & the Pea: Stopsley Library
Collect a 'Branch Story Trails Card' from your local library and get your card stamped for each Story Trail completed, earning extra steps towards the Luton Culture one-million total.
Why get involved?
This is the perfect opportunity to get out your Fitbit (or equivalent) and start using it. We are aiming to have walked one million steps by the end of April. As a general goal, aim for at least 30-minutes walking (a moderate form of exercise) to gain health benefits.
It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of brest cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
The person with the most steps at the end of the Challenge will be awarded with a multi-centre Active Luton pass for 1-month.
How to get involved?
What to do next…
You will need to track the number of steps walked each day using your activity tracker or other app. At the end of each day everyone’s steps will be added together and will contribute to the overall total.
- Become a Library Makers and accept the 10,000 steps challenge
- Collect a ‘Branch Story Trail Card’ and earn an extra 500 steps by taking part in their ‘Story Trail’
- Join our Facebook Group ‘Your Walk, Your Way’ and post your daily step count in the comments
- Email your daily step count to firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of each day
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