Start small – it’s the best way! But knowing where to start can often be the hardest bit. As another year rolls around, many of us will have made a small pledge to try something new, get a little healthier, and kick off a journey to moving a little more each day.

In saying that, it doesn’t have to be a massive step straight away – it doesn’t have to cost money – it doesn’t have to take up lots of time – and it doesn’t have to mean intense sport. Movement comes in so many forms, and we can increase our daily movement gradually. In fact, research says that this is the best way to think about it.

Follow our 5 simple tips, to move more:

  1. Get into a habit. We know it’s easier said than done, but plan when you will put some time aside to move more, and stick to it.
  2. Travel actively. You might not be able to do it all of the time, but use a bike, scooter or walk to work/school. Or even park in a car park further away from your destination, to help get your steps up.
  3. A lunchtime move. Use your lunch to take a break, stretch and unwind.
  4. Do it together. It can be easier, more motivational, and easier for you to move with others. Whether that’s part of an activity group, or with a friend/family member.
  5. Find Your Active. We know it, you know it – do something you enjoy, and you’ll be more likely to continue it. Explore the Find Your Active webpages to delve into the opportunities near you, or keep on reading below!

 

Give walking a go, this January!

Research suggests, that over 60% of people who want to start moving more, take up walking! It’s simple, free, can be done in most places, and can be enjoyed either on your own or with others. Plus, it’s great for all ages!

A daily brisk walk can give your body a boost, lift your mood and make everyday activities easier. Whether you would like to give this a go on your own, or with others, we’ve got some great walking challenges to join in with for free, to help you on your way. Winter walks help get the blood pumping, ensure you get outside and is a fantastic way to keep your step count up.

 

Sign Up to our January Walking Challenges

If you’re a workplace or group, give Big Team Challenge a go! Starting on 16th January until 30th January. Join us on the Essex wide Virtual Big Team Challenge, walking from Venice to Genoa, simply by increasing your daily step count.

Or, if you would prefer something less competitive and more for yourself, try GoJauntly. With walking routes tailored to your area and needs, this challenge helps encourages you to get your step count up every day, starting from 23rd January.

Sign up to Big Team Challenge

Working in partnership with Essex Working Well and Everyone Health, once signed up you’ll be able to monitor your own, and your team progress and they’ll be some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Our Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Download the Big team challenge app, or input https://workingwell.bigteamchallenge.com in to your browser
  1. When asked for the challenge website address on the app enter the name ‘workingwell’
  2. You should then be able to sign up using an email address and name.
  3. Create a team with up to 6 members. You can do this by choosing a team name.
  4. To add team members input the emails of the team members you would like to join your team they will then receive an invitation to be part of the team.
  5. If you don’t have a team then you can always create a public team where anyone else looking to join the challenge can be a part of.
Get Involved with the Go Jauntly Challenge

Essex County Council’s Safer Greener Healthier is offering a FREE 3k steps a day challenge, where Essex residents are tasked to stomp at least 3,000 steps a day for 6 weeks! The aim is to inspire you to walk more, helping to reduce traffic congestion, cut air pollution and improve physical and mental wellbeing. The challenge will run from the 23rd January until 5th March 2023, however you can sign-up anytime during this period. There are also some brilliant weekly prizes up for grabs!

How to sign up:

  1. Download the FREE Go Jauntly app, or input https://walks.gojauntly.com/challenges/3k-steps-a-day-91 into your browser to register
  2. Tap ‘Challenges’ in the bottom navigation. Choose the 3k Steps a Day challenge.
  3. Tap the ‘Join Challenge’ button.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the sign-up.
  5. Don’t forget to link up with either Apple Health or Google Fit. If not you can manually add your activity data daily

Explore more about Go Jauntly here!

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