Shetland walking group steps up to the challenge

A Shetland walking group has clocked up 3.6 million steps – winning the national Step Count Challenge for the second time

Twisted Blisters walked throughout the month of November and finished top of the table in a challenge run by national walking charity Paths for All.

The team is made up of Shetland Islands Council employees, with 59-year-old Kevin Jones leading the way.

Kevin registered one million steps alone during the four-week walking challenge.

The group also braved the island’s windy, winter conditions to make sure they grabbed the top spot.

Each member walked on average three times a day to get their steps in.

Twisted Blisters – Wendy, Kevin, Ann and John

Path for All’s popular Step Count Challenge takes place every Spring and Autumn.

“To have won the challenge for a second time is a great feeling and highlights the dedication from everyone involved,” says Wendy Borrill of Twisted Blisters.

“It’s very rewarding to set yourself a goal and then go and achieve it as a team.

“As well as winning the challenge, one incredible bonus is the physical and mental health improvement you can gain from walking.

“The endorphins and sense of achievement from walking never get old.

“The five of us can all say this has become essential to give ourselves thinking time and space as well as the usual physical benefits that come alongside regular walking.”

The 64-year-old has completed 14 Step Count Challenges in her time as an avid walker.

“Walking helps me be productive during the working day,” she adds.

“When working from home it’s easy to sit at a desk and not move, being active helps me continue to bring new fresh ideas.

“During the challenge we were able to keep tabs on the other teams progress via the online scoreboard this gave us added motivation to get out on the days where it may have been raining or when we felt sluggish.

“I would recommend any solo walker or group to sign up for a walking challenge if they can. It gives you a brilliant sense of focus and routine as well as the health improvements that come with it.”

Paths for All offers tailor-made Step Count Challenges which invite organisations of all sizes to set-up their own walking challenge to keep their workforce active by connecting colleagues working remotely and in the office.

“Twisted Blisters has shown a great deal of determination and focus throughout the challenge; their steps accumulated over the four weeks has been very impressive,” says Carl Greenwood, Walking for Health senior development officer at Paths for All.

“Walking is one of the simplest and best things we can do for our physical, mental and social health.

“It’s free, you don’t need any special equipment, and it can be easily incorporated into the average working day.

“The Step Count Challenge can help businesses put their staff’s health and wellbeing at the heart of what they do whilst making exercise fun.

“As people commit to walking more and more every day this helps us work towards our goal of a happier, healthier and greener Scotland.”

Paths for All works with the Scottish Government and 30 partners to support and deliver national policies, such as the National Walking Strategy and other ‘active travel’ initiatives to improve the mental, social and physical health of the country.

The Spring Step Count Challenge is set to launch on Monday, 2 May.

Find out about organising a Step Count Challenge for your own organisation here

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