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Wellbeing SA is calling on all South Australians to collectively walk one billion steps to improve their health and wellbeing this October.

Wellbeing SA Chief Executive, Lyn Dean, said now in its second year, the Billion Steps Challenge is a great way to motivate South Australians to get moving and increase their physical activity.

“We know more than half of all working-age adults in Australia spend the majority of their day sitting down, and with many still working from home and lockdowns across the country this year, this means our bodies are moving less,” Ms Dean said.

“Walking is a simple and easy way of staying fit and it can be completed anytime, anywhere no matter how far or how fast. Particularly, as the weather starts to get warmer, three 10-minute walks a day can do wonders for both our physical and mental wellbeing.

“Participating in the Billion Steps Challenge can be a fun way to make every step count, track your movements, and increase your physical activity and improve your overall wellbeing - the more people who take part, the sooner we can reach our collective goal of walking a billion steps.”

The Billion Steps Challenge is free to sign up through the 10,000 Steps website where participants can log their daily pedometer steps or sync their fitness devices to track their activity in minutes.

Ms Dean said in its inaugural year, more than 3,000 participants joined the challenge, taking 65 days to reach the target of one billion steps last year.

“We want to build on from last year and for 2021, we want to see even more participants signing up to take more steps each and every day. Let’s see if we can beat the record we set in 2020,” Ms Dean said.

A total of 3,326 South Australians signed up for the Billion Steps Challenge in 2020, and participants had an average age of 44. The majority of participants were aged between 36 and 50, followed by 51 to 75-year-olds then 26 to 35-year-olds.

Seventy-nine per cent of the participants were women and 21 per cent were men. Seventy-one per cent of the participants in 2020 were from the metropolitan area, 25 per cent were from regional SA and three per cent were from remote areas.All participants steps will be automatically added to the total for South Australia, with a live tally available on the 10,000 Steps website.

The Billion Steps Challenge starts on Friday 1 October 2021. Participants can register at https://www.10000steps.org.au/sa-billion-steps

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