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Join our 10,000 step challenge to help those with dementia

We’re raising money for our Love to Move programme, to help those living with dementia, by walking over 10,000 steps every day in July!

We’re looking for people to take part in our challenge of walking 10,000 steps every day, to raise money and help us train more Love to Move deliverers, provide more sessions to those in need, and expand our research in adapting the programme to tackle early onset dementia.

Love to Move is a seated movement and cognitive enhancement programme aimed at older people from 55 to 105. It particularly benefits people living with dementia and other cognitive disease.

Patrick Bonner, Head of the British Gymnastics Foundation said: “Over the last five years, Love to Move has helped hundreds of participants living with dementia to improve cognitive function and develop physical skills to help with everyday tasks.

“Since the pandemic hit, the pressure on the social care system has grown and we want to be part of the solution, helping people to live at home independently for longer and improve their quality of life by engaging with more care homes and community groups through our seated gymnastics programme.”

How to get involved

Follow this link to be directed to our ‘Love to Move for Dementia’ Virgin Money Giving Event Page and click on ‘Start fundraising’.

You will then be prompted to sign in/ sign up if you’ve not registered with Virgin Money before. Once you’ve done this you’re ready to go and you can start to share your fundraising page with your friends and family.

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How do I reach 10,000 steps every day?

There are so many ways to reach your 10,000 steps per day. Of course, you can increase the amount of walking you do each day but here are some other ways you can incorporate our challenge into your daily routine:

  • Walk a little extra on your weekly food shop
  • Dance around the kitchen while you cook up a feast
  • Take the dog for an extra walk
  • Do some gardening
  • If you are commuting to work then why not try getting off a bus or train stop early, or parking further away to give you access to more steps.
  • Take the stairs rather than the lift
  • And if you’re working from home, set a timer every hour and take on a few jumping jacks or jogging on the spot for 5-10mins at a time
  • Get out and about at lunchtime and watch the steps naturally trickle in
  • Take up running as a new hobby and you’ll be hitting over 5000 steps
  • Convert your daily exercise class into steps, whether its online or in person
  • Meet a friend for a socially distanced walk

How do I record my steps count?

The easiest way is using the step count on the fitness tracker on your phone. You can also download a ‘free steps tracer’ app from your app store.

If you have a Fitbit or a watch that counts your steps, this could make it even easier. Both Fitbit and Strava connect to your fundraising page.

To find out more and to see all of our FAQs, click here.

More on Love to Move

A recent study from the Evaluator in 2020 found that 100% of carers who have experienced the Love to Move programme with their groups would recommend the programme to others, having found understanding, companionship and respite through engaging with the Foundation’s sessions.

Since the programme’s inception in 2015, the Foundation has helped 440 people to come through the Love to Move training course to deliver the session, however with so much potential, more support from our fundraisers is needed at this crucial time to keep the momentum going. The pandemic has forced people to stay at home and stay safe at the consequence of general fitness and mobility suffering. Unfortunately, as our elderly population has been affected the most, the Love to Move programme is now more important than ever before.

Join us this July; get your body moving, up your step count and pledge to tackle Dementia head on by walking 10,000 steps for every day for the month of July.