During this unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19, it is extremely important to remind everyone that finding ways to be active will support your mental and physical health. So many of us have tried new things, explored our neighbourhoods and embraced exercise at home. We are now in a fortunate phase of the pandemic in Queensland where we can freely move around our State (and most of the time Nation), so take every day as it comes and try and find a routine that works for you in 2021.

Remember every minute of activity will add 100 steps and every 10 minutes will add 1,000 steps to your day! Every step and every move counts!

1. Have a positive mindset.

Let's all be inspired by the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines which recognises that doing any physical activity is better than none. Find opportunities throughout your day to move, it may not be what you are used to but every step and minute counts towards maintaining your physical and mental health. 

2. Get motivated. 

How do you feel after you get outside for a brisk walk or do some activity at home? Joining one of our monthly Challenges can help keep you motivated and on track. Finishing your journey by the end of the month will automatically enter you into the draw to win a Garmin activity tracker or new pair of ASICS.

3. Track your steps.

Find a daily number of steps that suits you and decide how you can reach that goal each day. Record your steps on our website or mobile app and watch you graphs grow! If you don't have a pedometer or activity tracker, use your Health app on your smartphone.

4. Walk together virtually.

Sometimes having an activity buddy makes all the difference. Connect with your friends on the 10,000 Steps website to check their progress or encourage your team to walk together in a Tournament.

5. Walk your dog.

In 2020 there were likely to be a lot of happy pups out who loved having their owners home to take them for regular walks! Don't let this stop now, if you're working from home (or not), take a mental and physical break by taking your dog for a walk in your neighbourhood. Brighten someone's day with a smile and take notice of how beautiful your neighbourhood is! If your area could do with some improvements to make walking easier take some mental notes and provide your suggestions to your Council for improvements.

6. Play with the kids.

While most sports are recommencing, it's important for kids to be active every day, so find ways to be active together. Make time to be present, jump on the tramp, make obstacle courses, go for a walk or run or find some free exercise videos to do together. Any activity that increases your heart rate will benefit your health!

7. Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Keep up to date with the latest from our program and to be reminded of positive messages, new Challenges and activities that you can be involved in to keep motivated and stay active.

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*Last updated 3rd February 2021.

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