OCTOBER 1st - 31st
Go from 000-9000 steps a day!
So you want to shake off some of those COVID kilos, improve your mental health and help out The Code 9 Foundation?
This is where you come to join the team and register to support the 000 - 9000 steps challenge for The Code 9 Foundation. The first steps to improving your physical and mental health and supporting the health of first responders starts here.
The response to the pandemic has been a trying time for our front-line first responders and they need your support more than ever. Your whole registration fee goes straight to programs designed to support first responders from Ambulance Victoria, Fire Rescue Victoria, Victoria Police and ESTA (000 Operators) with mental health injuries.
The connection between exercise and improved mental health is well documented and let’s face it, the pandemic home restrictions have made us all aware of what it is to have our mental health impacted, how important it is to exercise and how much exercise impacts on your own general feeling of wellbeing. All this, packaged up with the important benefits of improved heart health and knocking those COVID kilos away by walking 9000 steps a day as well as helping a great charity. You can choose to make October a month of great personal development and community impact.
The simple act of measuring the steps you take around the house during the day, using your Fitbit, Apple watch, Garmin or a downloaded Pedometer on your smart phone, will all count towards your progression to 9000 steps. Mix this in with 2 x 3.5 km curfew hour walks or runs a day and you will reach 9000 steps in no time.
You won't only be getting fit and helping an awesome charity, there will be regular prizes too!! October is “Mental Health Month” as well, so let’s get stepping team!
To participate simply follow the steps below.
Click the Register Now button, sign in and pay the registration donation to Code 9 ($20)
Now, step up, it's game time!!
Set up your smart device to be ready to record your steps - A Fitbit, a Smart watch, a Smart phone and a Pedometer app is all you need. Pedometer or step counter apps are available from App Store and Google Play. There are heaps of app options, check their rating for the one that suits your device.
1st of October snap on/turn on your smart device first thing in the morning and log all incidental steps for the day. Around the house counts, back and forth to the lounge room counts. Out for a COVID exercise hour to gather up as many steps as you can. Continue logging all incidental steps for week one and your exercise hour where you can. Keep The Code 9 Foundation Facebook page up to date with your progress.
By now you should be hitting a good 5000’ish steps a day with a combination of logging all your steps around the house and your daily walk. All of a sudden taking the bin out becomes a chance to help hit your goal. By now the TV remote control should be beside the TV and each time you need to adjust the volume, walk up to the TV and back; bang, there’s another 10 steps logged. You are now taking “steps” towards breaking COVID sedentary habits.
Now you’re motoring! Habits are forming with your exercise and general household steps. Your doggo is getting walked twice a day for a couple of short 2 kilometre walks and you’re easily hitting that 7000 - 9000 Code 9 steps a day. By now we hope to see regular uploads to our Facebook page of your screenshot steps of your App Step counts as you hit or close in on 9000 steps.
Last week of October and this week we hope to see a fitter, healthier and happier “9000 step” team member, uploading to our Facebook page regular screenshots of you hitting the 9000 step goal, maybe while wearing a Code 9 training singlet! To hit 9000 steps a day the average person would only need to go on 2 x 3.5 km (40 minute) walks a day - and that’s without counting all the steps you do around your house.
Well done you!
Share your journey with us online by tagging The Code 9 Foundation or including the following hashtag in your updates #youareneveralone and #000to9000. Encourage your family and friends to support your efforts by donating to Code 9 below, or better yet, they sign up and participate with you and work on their health as well.
We will be with you throughout the month with some training tips from our experienced PT partners PT4PTSD & Triple ZERO FIT with regular encouragement and check ins.
There are awards for the top Code 9 steppers, along with supporter prize packs along the way.
Register now and get stepping for The Code 9 Foundation for October. #000to9000