We're challenging you to walk at least once a day for 21 days in a row - and we promise you that if you complete this challenge, you'll have a walking habit to be proud of.
Aim to walk for at least 30 minutes each day. You don't have to do it all at once you can build up to 30 minutes or more by being active for at least 10 minutes in the early days. Just keep increasing the length of your walk, and watch the minutes add up.
Secondly, make sure you keep a record of your walking every day: By tracking how long or how far you walked, you'll see proof of your improvements. This is a great motivation to keep going!
If you're struggling to find the time, have a look at your daily routine, and look for tasks or chores that you can achieve with a walk:
Perhaps you could walk the kids to school? Maybe you could get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way? Or what about picking a parking space furthest from the shop door? If you're thinking "walk first!", you'll be surprised how much you can do in a busy day.
If you have time to plan a recreational walk every day, why not invite a friend or friends? You're more likely to turn up because you won't want to let them down - and you won't notice the distance as you catch up with friends while walking.
As always, if you are very inactive or have a health problem we recommend that you chat with your doctor before you take on this, or any, change to your exercise habits.
Mood Tracker & Other Supports
An important part of staying healthy is looking after our mental health and wellbeing. Understanding how our bodies and minds work together can encourage us to make positive choices in our lives and help us cope with new challenges along with way. We've teamed up with Mental Health Ireland on the launch of our new app. As part of the 21 Day Walking Challenge you check in with yourself and see how you are feeling that day. If you are feeling low please check out Mental Health Ireland's supports here.