Walk 1000 more

Published January 15, 2023

A view from behind of a woman’s walking shoes with a forest view in the background

We’re halfway through January now so those who were going to set resolutions have no doubt done so by now. If anyone is still looking for something to get more active and get out there, the Walk 1000 Miles initiative by Country Walking magazine caught my eye. It’s a challenge to do exactly what it says on the tin, although really the goal isn’t necessarily the target but really to get outside and get more steps in than you have before.

Did you know it takes less than an hour a day’s walking to hit 1000 miles in 12 months? That doing so dramatically boosts your immunity and cuts your risk of diabetes, heart attack, obesity, stroke and depression? Try the fun, free & flexible challenge 99.9% of participants recommend to a friend: it’s just 2.74 miles a day. You don’t need to change your life; you do need to stick at it; you WILL feel an amazing difference.

I’m nowhere near the level that I could contemplate 1000 miles yet, but I do want to increase my miles walked - even if I prefer to measure in kilometres… (I guess Walk 1600 Kilometres doesn’t have quite the nice ring to it that the mileage does.) But I love that signing up to the challenge comes with a chart to keep track of and a selection of supportive emails along the way to keep you motivated. You can even get a medal at the end of it to fully celebrate your achievement, whether you reach the full target or not.

The Walk 1000 Miles marketing image, featuring the logo and in the background a collage of lots of smiling faces

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