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Fitness Challenge March 2021: Step into Spring for Marie Curie

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I usually try to have at least one fitness challenge a year, as an incentive to get fit, as an adventure (see Chesterfield Canal), as something to look forward to… Of course, last year’s ideas of walking Lancaster Canal and climbing Ben Nevis ended up being pipe dreams. Even when my gym was reopened (for a brief period of a few months), I felt too cautious to return and so my fitness has deteriorated over the last year. But enough is enough. My fitness, my weight, my physical health, my mental wellbeing needs a helping hand and so it was that I came across a newspaper story about the charity Marie Curie looking for people willing to take on the Step into Spring Challenge.

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Marie Curie cares for terminally ill people and their loved ones. The charity has nurses, hospices, a support line and a bereavement service. Marie Curie says:

We’re here to support everyone in the UK through all aspects of dying, death and bereavement – and to fight for a society where everyone gets to lead the best life they can, right to the end.

Marie Curie

The challenge asks fundraisers to walk 10,000 steps every day during March. This can be in any way, whether walking up and down the stairs or doing a fitness class via Zoom or going for a local walk. It’s a tad trickier during lockdown as we’re not supposed to venture far for a walk. Oh, and then there’s the fact that I work from home at the moment so I can’t even walk to and from work.

So, interesting… I will let you know how it goes! Saying that, there have been various stories about fundraisers using initiative and resourcefulness to raise cash during lockdown, such as the 100-year-old Captain Tom who walked around his garden.

Here are some ideas:

  • Walk the dog
  • Walk to the shops
  • Stepping while on the phone
  • Stepping while watching TV
  • Enjoying a local nature walk
  • Walk with a friend
  • Dance to some music

If anyone would like to sponsor or feels inspired to take part themselves, the web links are below. Maybe you don’t live in the UK or you have a different charity close to your heart, why not make your own Step Challenge for your favourite charity?

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10 thoughts on “Fitness Challenge March 2021: Step into Spring for Marie Curie

  1. That’s a great idea Clare and a really worthwhile charity too. I had read and seen videos of Captain Tom and was sad to hear of his death. The radio station I listen to just broadcast parts of his funeral over the weekend. I have signed up for the Fish & Loaves food pantry walk for May, and it is virtual like last year. All the funds raised to participate go to a local food pantry. Good luck with this endeavor. You would be surprised how many steps you rack up, just walking around the house.

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    1. Thank you Linda. ☺️ I got a new manual pedometer so I can put it in my pocket and not have to bring my phone everywhere. So far, I’ve been doing a lot of stepping on the spot to get the steps up, tried a YouTube step class video and have also visited a woodland I have never been to before even though it’s within walking distance. Aiming to do some more local exploring. The Fish and Loaves pantry walk sounds a great idea too. These charity walks are good for charity but also good for our own motivation. 🙂

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      1. The pedometers work great. I don’t have a smartphone, just a flip phone, so my pedometer, which I bought the first year I began walking (2011) is perfect for recording my steps. I saw some of those YouTube videos … they are a great inspiration. I like the charity walks too. I’ll do the Mutt Strut again this year if they offer it virtually. All the money raised goes to a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats in a nearby large city. It does help our motivation!

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