• We Beat the January Blues to Complete our New Year Challenge

We Beat the January Blues to Complete our New Year Challenge

  • Published: 1 February 2021

Determined not to let the January lockdown blues get us down, we set ourselves a fitness focussed challenge throughout the month and went head-to-head in a steps-per-day competition. 

The 31-day team ‘Step It Up Challenge’ aimed to get us all moving and motivated throughout January, whilst we all work from home. It has provided a focus on our overall health and wellbeing post-Christmas and also helped us kick-start 2021 as we mean to go on.

According to statistics provided by the NHS, the average British person walks between 3,000-4,000 steps a day. Our aim was to beat that average and push ourselves to reach the recommended 10,000 steps-per-day. 

So how did we get on? All nine of us took part in the competition and collectively we have achieved an astonishing 3,851,688 steps! In terms of distance, between us we have covered a cool 1,609 miles. 

To put it into perspective, if we were to set off from 67 Degrees HQ in Shoreham, West Sussex, we’ve walked the equivalent distance to mainland Greece! Our total walking time during the month is 352 hours and 55 minutes - not too shabby by any means.

As for the winner of our Step It Up Challenge, we can announce that our determined director, Laura, has been crowned the top stepper by achieving an amazing 708,874 steps in 31 days - congratulations on your much deserved win! 

Our front end web developer, Ruben, came a close second place with 700,650 steps, and third place went to our key account manager, Jo, with 609,017 steps. 4th place went to Natalie, 5th place to Susie, 6th place to Cheryl, 7th place to Lauren, 8th place to Justin and in 9th place was Stuart. 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch to guess which one of us would become the winner. Anyone who guessed that Laura would win is in with a chance of winning a delicious box of brownies, handmade by the wonderful Pom Cake Design. 

If we’ve inspired you to take on a similar challenge of your own, then we’d highly recommend using the free app Stridekick, which we used ourselves. The app can be linked to any kind of smartphone, fitness tracker or device to track your daily steps. You really will be surprised at what you can achieve. 

As for us, we’re giving ourselves a well-deserved pat-on-the-back and a much-needed break from walking in February!