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Get Moving Challenge
CFA members are urged to pull on their walking shoes for a new 12-week competition which challenges members to aim for 10,000 steps each day, while shedding a few kilos at the same time.
Get Moving is a state-wide pilot initiative open to all volunteers and staff. Members who sign up for the 12-week program (24 March to 17 June) receive a pedometer which they can wear during the day to keep count of their total steps. At the end of the challenge participants are asked to report their average daily steps and their ‘before and after’ waist measurement.
More than 20 prizes have been donated by generous sponsors, including a treadmill, spin bike and $1000 sports equipment voucher. While the major przies are results-based there are also random entry prizes.
Nicole Taylor from CFA’s Healthy for Life program said that members should sign up as quickly as they can because places are limited.
“Research shows that 10,000 steps per day – about an hour and a half of brisk walking – can significantly improve stamina and burn excess calories,” she said.
“That might sound like a lot but it’s very achievable if you integrate walking into your everyday life by parking your car further away or taking the steps instead of the lift at work.
“This is a great challenge to undertake together with a friend or workmate so you can motivate each other and compare your progress. It lets you how simple things like a lunch hour walk or taking the stairs can all add up,” said Nicole.