People across Lancashire are invited to take on a new fund-raising challenge, Walk All Over Cancer, to help beat the disease sooner.
Cancer Research UK is calling on men and women to sign up now to walk 10,000 steps every day throughout the month of June and raise money through sponsorship.
Based on the average person’s strides, 10,000 steps equates to approximately five miles or eight kilometres per day, and adopting small lifestyle changes can go a long way in making the goal feel achievable.
Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for Lancashire, said: “Walk All Over Cancer is a fantastic way for the people of Lancashire to become more active, with the motivation of raising money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Walkers can take part on their own or challenge family, friends and colleagues to join them.
“In the North West, around a quarter of people are getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.*
“Ten thousand steps per day is quite a challenge for many people. Some of us spend our days transferring from seat to seat - whether that’s driving to work, sitting at a desk or enjoying a boxset on the sofa. By signing up to Walk All Over Cancer, participants will start to realise all the opportunities they have to squeeze in some extra steps.
“People can tackle the challenge at their own pace and build the walking into their day to day routine. By taking part this June, supporters could tread through 150 miles by the end of the month.”
From walking to work, jogging in the park or opting for the stairs, the money raised through sponsorship will fund Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking research to help improve cancer survival.
Not only will walking help to raise money, it also comes with many added health benefits as moderate exercise can help build stamina, burn excess calories and protect against a range of diseases including cancer.
Keeping check on the number of steps taken each day has never been easier with many smartphone health apps, pedometers and wearable activity trackers helping you keep a tab on your physical activity.
Alison added: “Every stride taken and every donation made will help fund research to accelerate the charity’s progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
“Around 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West every day and that’s why we need people to put on their walking shoes this June and take part in Walk All Over Cancer to help us beat cancer sooner.”
To sign up and download motivation tools including a wall chart, leader board and sponsorship form, visit http://www.cruk.org/walkallover
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