The Challenge Blog






App, App and Away – walking apps

If you are taking part in the challenge and want try out some alternatives to using a humble pedometer you might want to have a look at some of the smartphone apps that are available. Ian McCall, Senior Development Officer at Paths for All and Step Count Challenge team captain, has done the hard work […]

A Note on Goal Setting

We have built some goal setting into the Step Count Challenge to help you increase your steps over the 8 weeks. We do this gradually and it’s all based on your first week’s step count, which we’ll call your baseline. Firstly, we work out your baseline number of steps. This is based on the activity […]

Poetry in Motion

Paul Adams from Step Count regulars the Nifty Fifties sent in this splendid poem and we though we’d share it with you. Our thanks to Paul, and if the challenge has inspired your creative side let us know, send an email to or tweet @step_count

Step Count Challenge Research Results

Last year we worked with the University of Edinburgh to look at the impact of the Step Count Challenge on participants’ physical activity levels and motivation to walk more as a result if taking part in the challenge. The research was carried out by Dr Ailsa Niven from the University of Edinburgh’s Physical Activity and Health […]



Challenge Partners

We have a number of partners supporting the Step Count Challenge. See how our partners can help.