Amy is Volunteer Service Co-ordinator at Breast Cancer Now. Her role is to help raise awareness of lifestyle risks associated with developing breast cancer, including physical activity and diet. This year she persuaded her colleagues in Scotland to ‘practice what they preach’ and take part in the Step Count Challenge. Amy shared her thoughts about taking part in the Step Count Challenge.
We all know that being physically active and is good for our heart health. However, many people don’t know that being physically active can also reduce your risk of certain types of cancers, including breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Now are a small team of five staff based in Edinburgh. As a team we wanted to find something that helped improve our own health and wellbeing. Walking is something that is easy, accessible and free so it wasn’t too difficult to persuade the rest of the team to get involved.
Taking part in the challenge has highlighted how easy it is to clock up steps, for example; walking instead of catching the bus into town, pottering around at home or doing the garden – it all adds up! This year we incorporated some walking into our team away day and made it to the summit of Arthur’s Seat. It was pretty windy at the top but the views of the city were worth it!