With spring just about here, it’s a great time to put your trainers on, stretch your legs and banish those winter blues. Cancer Research UK are encouraging us to “Show cancer who’s boss and join thousands of people across the world walking 10,000 steps every day in March to raise money for life-saving research.”

Our New Year’s resolutions may seem like a distant memory now, so a step challenge could be just what the doctor ordered. It can help us build up those good habits again and get out exploring our local area in (hopefully) some nice spring weather.

Cancer Research’s Walk All Over Cancer challenge could be just the thing to help motivate you to get those steps in and get outside for some fresh air and exercise. And raising money for such a worthy cause will give you an added boost of some feel-good factor too!

I think it’s pretty obvious from my phone screenshot that I, for one, need an extra push of motivation to make sure I leave the house every day… (shaking head emoji).

Walking can also have loads of health benefits – helping to boost your mental wellbeing, as well as your physical health. It can also improve your overall fitness, not to mention the endorphins released after exercise will leave you feeling great for the rest of the day. And in these strange times, it’s the perfect socially distanced activity too!

So why not sign-up and get your friends and family involved – maybe even get a bit of friendly competition going to keep things interesting? It could be for the greatest number of steps or the most money raised – check out Cancer Research’s dedicated fundraising site for some really good ideas.

Don’t worry if your phone doesn’t have a step counter already, there are loads of apps you can download to track your progress, including the NHS’s Active 10 app. You can sign-up here and let us know if you’re taking part by sharing your fundraising links in the comments below. Happy striding!