LONDONERS are being challenged to start the new year by taking steps to support Cancer Research UK.
The charity encourages people to sign up for the Walk All Over Cancer now and be sponsored to walk 10,000 steps every day in March.
By raising vital funds, people could help promote life-saving research – while burning any excess Christmas calories.
In addition to increasing fitness and helping towards a healthy body weight, participation can also take a bit of weight off the mind. Regular walking is a great de-stressing agent and can help with mental well-being by improving mood and sleep.
Lynn Daly, Spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for London said: “1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime *, but we can all support the research that will beat it. Therefore, we encourage people to play their part by make ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ their New Year’s resolution.
“We all hope that 2022 has a more positive outlook. You can give yourself a boost by committing to becoming more active and having an achievable goal to aim for – all in favor of a good cause.
“There’s plenty of time for supporters to start building up to the challenge in March and plan new ways to fit into some extra steps, especially if you’re struggling to reach your daily number of steps when working from home.
“It can be hard to stick to a decision, especially in the cold, dark winter months, but signing up now and making a public promise to attend in the spring can help people steel their determination. In addition, there is the ultimate motivation by knowing that every step you take will help save lives. ”
Based on the average person’s pace, 10,000 steps equals about five miles, so by the end of March, participants will have run more than 150 miles.
It’s a bit of a challenge for some, but adopting small changes that you can stick to can really add up – whether it’s making conference calls on the go, exploring local beauty sites or pampering your dog with a month’s extra long walks.
Keeping track of the number of steps taken each day is a great way to create a sense of accomplishment, and it’s easy to do with smartphone apps, pedometers, and portable activity trackers available to help. Walk All Over Cancer attendees can link their online donation page to FitBit to automatically post their pedometer and share their progress with their followers throughout the month.
Lynn added: “Cancer Research UK has been hit hard by COVID-19, but we will never stop striving to create better treatments. With around 34,100 people diagnosed each year in London **, cancer is an equally acute problem now , as it has ever been.
“We need as many people as possible to go over the whole cancer because the progress we are making in the fight against the disease depends on every step, every pound and every person.
“The last year proves more than anything the value of research and what can be achieved together. Just as science is our way out of the pandemic, science is our way to beat cancer. ”
Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £ 150 million in London alone last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. It is the charity’s ambition to see 3 out of 4 people survive their cancer by 2034.
Visit cruk.org/walkallover to sign up and receive a free fundraiser and t-shirt.