The University of Newcastle, Australia

Have you got 10,000 steps in you?

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Having a tough day? Move your mood with more walking!

10,000 Steps

The Australasian University Health Challenge is a wellbeing initiative focused on increasing movement while bringing communities together. Hosted by a different university each year, the aim is for staff and students to make small behavioural changes to increase their daily levels of physical activity, which will have a positive impact on overall wellbeing.

The 2020 challenge is hosted by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington with seventeen universities across Australia and New Zealand stepping up to the challenge to compete against each other. The average teams’ daily steps will determine the most physically active university.

By signing up to the challenge, you'll be challenging yourself to embrace small behavioural changes towards a healthier you - plus you'll be representing the University of Newcastle.

Aiming for 10,000 steps a day is easier than you think:

  • Take a socially distanced walk with your colleague during your lunch break.
  • Alternate between sitting and standing desks.
  • Try the stairs instead of escalators or elevators, or go for quick walks on your breaks.
  • Park your car further from the workplace and walk a little further in the morning and afternoons. If using public transport, hop off a few stops early and walk the remaining distance.
  • Walk to your colleague’s desk and talk face to face rather than emailing or calling.

Walking can occur anytime, anywhere and any place – all you need is to do is get off your butt and move!

Participants can register through the 10,000 Steps website or mobile app at any time. Once registered, you may join a team or compete alone by emailing

Registration of teams for the challenge is now open!

The step challenge begins on Monday 31 August and will continue for six weeks until 11 October.

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