Million Step Challenge

Million Step Challenge

Are you ready to take the challenge?

What is the Million Step Challenge? 

The Million Step Challenge is a special Walk Your AS Off challenge that we set each year for our team members. You must be part of a Walk Your AS Off official team to join in.

When does this challenge start? 

April 1st to May 31st each year.

Team Training/Million Step Starting Line – April 1st to April 30
Walk Your AS Off Official Walk Month –  May 1st – 31st

How much do I have to walk to complete this challenge?

In order to be able to have bragging rights and entry into the Million Steppers Club, you need to take approximately 16,394 steps per day between April 1st and May 31st.

Can I fundraise for Walk Your AS Off and its partner organizations?

Yes, please!

Ask your friends and family to pledge a minimum of $20USD for you to complete the challenge. Let your team captain know that you plan on joining the Million Step Challenge before you start asking for pledges, please.


 

A word from our Million Step Challenge Captain, Sabrina 

The Million Step Challenge 2016

Can you take one million steps before May 31st, 2016? Are you willing to try? Let’s look at the math…61 days from April 1st to May 31st will require 16,394 steps or a little more than 8 miles a day. That is a lot of steps to take in a short amount of time, but it is possible!

We’ll be there with you every step of the way.

The first question I get asked every year is, “What happens if I don’t make it?”

My response…You should be so proud you tried!

You may not make it this year or next year, but you get closer every time you decide to take that first step towards your goal. This will not be easy. You will most likely fall behind at some point throughout the 61 days, but you can do this. We can do this!

This year we’re going to change how we record things. There will be three different groups within the Million Step Challenge.

Solo Steppers –This group is for those only counting steps taken and not using any forms of conversions.
Converters –This group will be for those walking and converting their other activities as well.
Fit Bit Buds –A group for all you Fit Bit fans able to track those steps using your electronic gadgets.

You can report as normal to your team captains a weekly step total, but for those of us that are taking the Million Step Challenge, we’ll have a weekly Step-In to report how far we’ve come.

We’ll use this time to encourage and support each other to keep going and learn more about our top stepper in each group. To keep all this straight you may want to email or write down your daily steps. There is more info on the website about recording your steps here. Keep an eye out on the main Facebook Walk Page and sign up for updates on the website to stay in the loop.

So are you ready to start steppin’?

David from Scotland
David from Scotland joined the Million Step Club in 2015. He runs for The Walking Spondies in Taiwan.

As a Million Stepper, we need to start recording our steps on April 1st. You can start recording your steps on Walk Your AS Off at any time, but the only steps that we count for each year are steps that are recorded during the months of April and May.

It’s best to start walking in March in order to see how these extra steps will fit into your daily schedule.

I personally break it into three walks/workouts a day; morning, noon and night. I usually need a rest day and put in extra on the weekends to make up for it. I try to change up where and how long I walk. I recruit friends and family to keep me on track. I talk to all of you to keep me accountable. It’s very easy to burn out so it’s crucial to keep yourself motivated and have a basic plan going in. I hope to help with that!

Here are the important dates for the walk. Be sure to join a team prior to April 1st so every step counts towards your lofty goal of one million steps!

Team Training/Million Step Starting Line – April 1st to April 30
Walk Your AS Off Official Walk Month –  May 1st – 31st

I can’t wait to kick off Walk Your AS Off’s 2016 Million Step Challenge!

blownawayBioMillion Step Challenge Captain, Sabrina

My name is Sabrina and I am a Spirited Spondy, which is a title that was given to me by my family due to my determination, a.k.a. stubborn streak. I was never a high spirited person and not a fan of cheerleaders and all that rah-rah in my younger days, but now? Now…I am determined to MOVE IT so I don’t FUSE IT! So I’ll gladly accept that title and do my best to not disappoint! Ankylosing Spondylitis is a monster but I’m fighting back and am bent on helping others!


A letter from Our Founder, Jennifer Visscher

Many people have been asking about the “Million Steps To World AS Day” part of Walk Your AS Off and where the million steps come from.

When conceiving this walk, my initial hope was to find a sponsor to pledge a penny a step walked and logged by everyone participating. Finding sponsors sounds great right? But, as I work on health activism as an individual and not as a corporate entity or non-profit, I’m finding this task challenging. I truly believe as the community continues to rally around grassroots patient based efforts this will eventually change but it remains a slow trudge. 

My friend John did the math and saw that it is possible to get one million personal steps before World A.S. Day. With 65 plus or minus days in each year’s challenge it can happen but it is most definitely not for everyone. If you are looking for a great challenge for active friends and family and people with AS who have a doctors approval, this is a wonderful challenge because it is possible with a concerted and determined effort.

In order to be able to have bragging rights and entry into the Million Steppers Club, you are looking at approximately 15,000 steps per day or 7.5 miles or the daily 10,000 doctor recommended steps and a few long weekend walks. Last year John and I decided to attempt this. We had no idea if we could do it but here is what John said:

“A challenge: Is the goal of taking one million steps before May 31st your personal goal? Or your team’s goal?

I bought my pedometer last week, and figured I take a baseline to see how many steps I take in my normal day. In my workday, I took about 6,000 steps (I have a desk job). Since there are 65 days between March 1st and May 5th, that should be about 400,000 steps total. (Sorry, I’m an engineer, and had to do the math).

Long ago, it was suggested that walking 10,000 steps a day will help you keep fit and healthy without the need for additional exercise. Most of us walk around 4,000-6,000 steps a day without even thinking about it. Even if you’re feeling bad, and don’t get out, you’ll still do around 2,000 steps.

I wanted to challenge myself, and figured if I publicly state it, I’ll force myself to walk more. So, my personal goal is to walk a million steps before World AS Day on May 4th.

I’m thrilled to be able to walk with fellow ASers, and hope you’ll join me in setting your own personal or team goals.”

I am so glad John brought this up & I decided to join him and state that my goal would be the same as John’s and I would attempt the million step challenge as part of my participation in Walk Your AS Off. I knew I might fall short but I was going to try.”

Well, last year I did fall short of my goal of walking the million step challenge but it will not dissuade me from trying again this year! We had over 50 teams last year and we had 4 walkers enter into the Million Steppers Club! Will you be join the Million Steps Club this year?

Here are some great ways to make your daily exercise routine into steps. 

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