Join 10,000 daily steps challenge for charity

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Hiking on the beach is a great way to reach 10,000 steps daily (Image credit: Getty Images)

A cancer charity is calling for thousands of people to Walk All Over Cancer by joining an annual hiking challenge.

Cancer Research UK hopes supporters will walk 10,000 steps every day in March to raise money for life-saving research.

To take part, you simply pledge to walk the steps for 31 days and also create a Giving Page so that people can sponsor you.

Cancer Research UK is a UK cancer research and awareness charity. As well as helping with vital work of the charity, people who take part in the challenge will be improving their health.

The benefits of walking include improved cardiovascular fitness, weight loss and increased muscle tone.

Walking is good for mental health, too, and it is the perfect way to zone out and rid yourself of daily stresses. Plus, the exercise-induced endorphins will leave you feeling better than ever.

Walking is a Covid-safe activity, although you should check the latest coronavirus restrictions to ensure you comply. 

Sarah Pickersgill, head of events marketing at Cancer Research UK said: “Everyone can go at their own pace, and even get friends and family to take part themselves too for a bit of friendly competition. 

"Have fun, follow the official advice where you live to stay safe and know that every pound you raise will make a difference. 

"During these difficult times, support for our life-saving research has never been more vital and the money raised through Walk All Over Cancer will help us continue to make progress for people affected by cancer.”  

walking in spring with daffodils

Take 10,000 steps daily for Walk All Over Cancer challenge this spring. (Image credit: Getty Images)

How far is 10,000 steps?

Based on the average person’s stride, 10,000 steps is equal to 5 miles (or 8 km). If you walk this far each day, the total over the month will be more than 150 miles, which is equivalent to walking from London to Manchester.

How to hit 10,000 steps a day

Obviously, you can set out of your home and simply walk. There are plenty of other ways to get your 10,000 steps in, too. 

  • Do an online fitness class at home
  • Do some gardening
  • Get off the train or bus a stop early
  • Explore your local area
  • Always take the stairs
  • Meet a friend for a socially-distanced walk

take 10,000 steps each day

Hiking 10,000 steps a day is a great health booster. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Track your steps

It's possible to connect your Giving Page to a Fitbit app so that you can share your progress with your supporters for extra motivation.

Walkers don’t even need a Fitbit device because it’s possible to download the Fitbit app on to a smartphone for free.

See Walk All Over Cancer for more details.

Fiona Russell
Outdoor writer

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favorite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing (both downhill and backcountry). Aside from her own adventures, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy getting outside and exploring, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.