University students have been encouraged to take regular outdoor exercise with the launch of new 10,000 steps challenge.
More than 170 university students have already signed up for the challenge, which is being run by the University of Sheffield’s Residence Life service. The challenge is about walking to incorporate more steps into the day.
Dominika Kolarova, the Residence Life Coordinator at the University of Sheffield, said: “For most of us, the past few months involved spending more time indoors. That is why we wanted to launch the 10,000 steps challenge.
“This challenge can be easily achieved by taking a daily walk to get more steps without any equipment but also through taking regular breaks. It is also something we can do under the current government restrictions.”
There are two options for the challenge. The first version is to start with 6,000 steps and build up to 10,000 steps gradually. The other version aims to complete 10,000 steps every day.
Ms Kolarova added: “These two versions of the challenge aim to cater for students regardless of where they are on their fitness journey. If you are consistent with achieving small goals each day, you will be surprised at just how motivated you will be at the end of the challenge.”
Participants have chances to win a prize by achieving daily goals. The Sheffield Residence Life team will choose a lucky winner through a random number generator to offer a £15 voucher each day. At the end of the challenge, a £75 voucher for a pair of walking boots will be given.
Huilin He, who participants in this challenge, said: “This challenge is a great opportunity to take regular exercises each day. It can monitor yourself to keep doing exercises every day.”
Another participant of this challenge said: “During this pandemic situation, most of us can only do indoor activities and feel bored, this 10,000 steps challenge provide us chances to walk outside and stroll around the whole city.”
Sheffield Residence Life is hoping that this challenge will help students to keep fit and healthy and establish a new positive habit.