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Sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Walk All Over Cancer challenge and take 10,000 steps a day throughout March to raise vital funds to beat cancer

Make 2019 your year to Walk All Over Cancer by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s 10,000 step challenge.

If you’ve made 2019 your year to get into shape, Walk All Over Cancer is simple. Sign up, walk 10,000 steps a day throughout March, and raise money to beat cancer.

Alternatively, if you’re already a super stepper, you can push yourself to the limits and take on the ultimate challenge of 20,000 steps every day instead.

There are lots of easy ways to rack up daily steps, whether it’s walking as part of your usual commute, allowing that little bit of extra time to walk the dog, taking up jogging, or spending time with family on a scenic spring walk. Walking is also the perfect stress reliever, so if you’ve had a busy day, getting up and moving could help with your mental health and wellbeing.

Walkers can take part on their own, or if they’re up for a bit of friendly competition, can challenge family, friends and work mates to join them. And it’s never been easier to keep track of the number of steps you’re doing, with many smartphone apps, pedometers and wearable activity trackers available to help.

Katie Edmunds, health information manager at Cancer Research UK said: “January is the perfect time to commit to getting more active in 2019. Taking on this challenge is a great way to get you moving and walking towards a healthier lifestyle. Not only will it help you maintain a healthy body weight, but it can also help reduce the risk of 13 different types of cancer. Even moderate exercise can build stamina, burn calories, give you a healthier heart and protect you against a range of diseases – including cancer.”

Based on the average person’s stride, 10,000 steps is around five miles or eight kilometres, whilst 20,000 steps is around ten miles or 16 kilometres. By the end of the month walkers taking on the 10,000 steps challenge will have covered 150 miles, which is about the distance from London to Manchester.

Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, and all money raised through the challenge will fund ground-breaking research into more than 200 types of cancer.

To sign up and download motivational tools including a wall chart, leader board and sponsorship form visit www.cruk.org/walkallover.