Nicola, part of team STEPford Wives from Lloyd’s Bank, found out about the Step Count Challenge through a friend after she organised a walk at her workplace. After asking her colleagues to take part, she soon found herself with a “very enthusiastic group”, who found that taking part in daily walking activities brought them closer together as a team, particularly as the five team members worked across three different locations. “It was lovely to have some banter!” Nicola said. Taking part in the challenge made Nicola and her team more aware of their daily physical activity levels. “I liked that other activities could count towards your daily total, especially swimming” Nicola said. “Everyone in the team has become more aware of healthy eating too.”

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“During the challenge, the competitive element really motivated the team. I also loved the personal challenges on the website. We calculated how far it would be to walk to Moraira in Spain, and that was our target!” Since completing the challenge, Nicola said she was more aware of her daily step count, often going for walks to reach her daily step goal. “I try not to be too sedentary now. I often go for walks down the water to a shingle beach, near where I live. I call it the Lanzarote walk!” Nicola said. One member of the team signed up to take part in a charity walk for the British Heart Foundation, and began using the team’s daily walks as training for the upcoming event. Asked what message she would give to another workplace considering taking part in the challenge, Nicola said “Just go for it!”. Nicola and her team are now looking forward to taking part in the Autumn Step Count Challenge, to achieve their goal of walking to Spain. “We ended up having to stop in Lloret de Mar for a very long cold drink and will finish our trek in the Autumn challenge!”