Health & Wellness

I’m Stepping out for Steptember

August 26, 2016
Steptember

It is almost September and Springtime in Australia!   When I was looking for a monthly fitness challenge for myself and the #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook Group I came across ‘Steptember’. Perfect! Exercise and raising money for Cerebral Palsy.

The idea of Steptember is to walk 10,000 steps for 28 days straight. That seems like a lot of steps, but it is amazing how much we move during a day. When you sign up they provide a pedometer to keep a check on your steps.

Steptember

But it isn’t just walking – you can do any form of activity – run, dance, swim, cycle even yoga. To encourage people to move, the organisers have an activity converter on the website. You just put in the time you spent and what activity you were doing and ‘hey presto!’ it calculates the equivalent steps.

Steptember is available in many countries so most people can take part.  You just need to get a team together and register online.  http://www.steptember.org.au/about-us/

I have a few from the #couchpotatotofabfit group joining me which will keep me ‘honest’ and it is a great way to motivate each other for a worthy cause.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

the Cerebral Palsy Alliance describes Cerebral Palsy as “a physical disability that affects movement and posture”.  1 in 500 Australian babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, is the most common disability in childhood and there is no cure.

If you would like to read more about Cerebral Palsy click on the link below:

https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/what-is-cerebral-palsy/facts-about-cerebral-palsy/

So why not get a team together where you live, improve your fitness and help a good cause.  You can also pop over to the #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook Group and enjoy becoming healthier and happier with motivation and support from the group!

If you would like to sponsor me just click here any donations would be greatly appreciated!

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27 Comments

  • Reply Charlotte August 30, 2016 at 19:00

    i’ve never heard of steptember before but I love the idea behind it and even more so if it is used for a great cause! look forward to keeping updated!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2016 at 13:06

      This is the first year I’ve heard of it Charlotte but apparently it is world wide.

  • Reply Cathy Chester August 31, 2016 at 22:06

    I’d love to join but (1) I don’t know if I can do 10,000 steps/day (I have MS) and (2) I don’t have a group of people in my area to do it with. Can I virtually join a group? What a fabulous idea.

    As we end our summer here in the States you are getting spring. Jealous! Ah, I’ll miss summer.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 07:07

      Hi Cathy! It doesn’t matter as long as you can move – it is all about keeping healthy and Steptember is for a worthy cause. I saw you joined us at #couchpotatotofabfit and so glad to have you onboard!

    • Reply Rosemond September 4, 2016 at 08:09

      Cathy, I’d love to do it as a virtual group too!

      • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2016 at 08:22

        I’m not sure how virtual groups work but you can certainly post your steps to the #couchpotatotofabfit facebook page. I’d love to have you onboard

  • Reply Carol Cassara September 1, 2016 at 01:10

    That’s terrific! If I weren’t traveling so much I’d do it. But I support any effort to help that cause and fitness both.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 07:08

      I’m sure you are hitting 10,000 steps with all of your travels Carol! Enjoy x

  • Reply Nancy Hill September 1, 2016 at 06:56

    As we turn to fall here in the hot SW U.S. I am looking forward to the month of September and high temps that are low enough to allow daylight outside exercise. The September effort is one I hadn’t heard of but I may check it out even though we are on opposite sides of the globe with our inverted weather patterns.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 07:08

      Hi Nancy apparently Steptember is world wide. I love ‘Fall’ in the US the colours of the leaves are just stunning.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle September 1, 2016 at 11:38

    I have not heard of this before, I will take a look at the link. Sounds like a great idea and thanks for sharing it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 17:15

      I only saw it advertised on Facebook Kathleen, however am now seeing TV ads. At least it will get people moving for a good cause.

  • Reply Doreen McGettigan September 1, 2016 at 11:51

    I am so happy for you, I love spring. Fall is beautiful here though. Good luck with your stepping, keep us posted.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 17:16

      Oh I love Fall in the US as I’ve visited several times during this season Doreen. The colours are magical. Thanks for the support!

  • Reply Leanne September 1, 2016 at 12:31

    Good on you Sue – it’s so important to invest in others and this is a win/win isn’t it? And a great time of the year to be out in the fresh air.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 17:16

      Thanks Leanne! It will also keep me motivated to keep moving. I can see myself walking around the lounge room if I haven’t done enough steps for the day LOL:)

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark September 1, 2016 at 13:49

    This is a fantastic idea. I think I should try to do this, too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2016 at 17:17

      They do have it worldwide Lois so check it out. It is a good cause and we get fit at the same time!

  • Reply Sheryl Kraft September 2, 2016 at 01:33

    Never heard of Steptember – what a great concept, though! Thanks for writing about this important cause.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2016 at 10:54

      Hi Sheryl! I hadn’t heard about Steptember until I saw it on a FB advert. It is a great way to raise awareness plus I improve my health and fitness at the same time.

  • Reply Bill @ The Money Professors September 2, 2016 at 12:03

    What a great idea. Helping a cause and keeping yourself fit at the same time. Everybody wins!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2016 at 10:52

      Thanks Bill! Yes I like to do challenges that are charity related or helping with health research.

  • Reply Wendy September 4, 2016 at 04:25

    What a great idea! I can’t commit to the entire month for various reasons, but I’ve recently started loosely tracking my steps with the health app on my phone, and will try to “unofficially” participate as much as I can, as well as support you, Sue. I participated in Dressember a couple of years ago, which is a similar program in that it helps a charity (human trafficking) by committing to wearing a dress every day for the whole month. The organization continued to accept donations after December 31, so I told everyone I would continue to wear dresses until the donations stopped coming in — I wore dresses until APRIL! 🙂 It was a great experience!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2016 at 08:21

      That is great Wendy! Even if you don’t participate it is a good reminder to try to be active each day or as often as you can. I do like to combine a challenge with a good cause and was happy when I found Steptember. I love the idea of Dressember. I think it makes raising money fun and gets people involved in something different 🙂

  • Reply Rosemond September 4, 2016 at 08:07

    Oh I love this idea. I’ll stick to fitness if I’m doing it with others or have a cause that is depending on me. Never heard of Steptember but love this idea!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2016 at 08:22

      I only found out about Steptember from Facebook, Rosemond and thought it was a win-win situations. Helping to raise money for research plus a way to keep fit.

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