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About Take Steps

What is Take Steps?

Take Steps is the British Lung Foundation's September walking challenge. By getting involved, you and your team will help fund the BLF's support work, research and campaigns during the coronavirus crisis and beyond. Clock up distance alongside your virtual team mates to propel yourselves up the leaderboard. Set out for your walks on your own, with the family or alongside your team mates - every step counts!

How do I take part?

It's simple! Register your place and set up your fundraising page. You can link your Strava or Fitbit to your account or manually log your distance. You can share your progress easily with friends and family when asking for donations, and you can also invite others to join your team and combine your fundraising to push you to the top of the leaderboard!

Is there a registration fee?

No - it's completely free to sign up! All we ask is that you raise as much money as you can to support our work.

Why should I Take Steps?

There are lots of reasons to join Take Steps this September.

1. Support people who need it. The coronavirus crisis has seen calls to our Helpline increase by more than three times their normal volume and we're constantly updating our coronavirus health advice to provide millions of people with the support needed during the crisis. We aim to be there for every person affected by a lung condition, but for that, we need your support.

2. Stay active. During these difficult times, it's important to stay active. By joining Take Steps, you'll stay motivated to keep yourself active and healthy. Unlock achievements along the way, and we'll be offering prizes once the month is over!

3. Connect with others. Staying in touch with loved ones is more important than ever right now. By joining Take Steps and inviting others to join your team, you can stay connected in a way that's fun, safe, and vitally important to support people with lung conditions.

Staying safe on your walk (Covid-19)

What’s the guidance on going outside during the coronavirus pandemic?

Government guidance is different and changing, across the UK. We strongly recommend you follow the guidance that’s relevant to you. When taking part in Take Steps, you should be particularly careful to follow the social distancing guidelines. For the most up to date advice, take a look at the government website:

England
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland

As lockdown restrictions ease, there may be different guidance in your area if there is a localised outbreak. For up to date advice on your area, check your local council website.

Can I take part in Take Steps if I have a lung condition?

If you have a lung condition, being active can help improve your quality of life and help you manage your condition. So, we encourage you to join Take Steps! Even a gentle lap of the garden makes a difference. Whatever is a challenge for you is what's important!

It’s important you follow social distancing rules when you’re outside your house and you continue to practise strict hand hygiene. Find out the full government guidance if you live in:

Can I take part in Take Steps if I'm in the shielding category (clinically extremely vulnerable)?

If you’re in the social shielding group, we strongly recommend you follow the latest government guidance. And if you’re concerned, we’d encourage you to speak to your health care professional about what’s right for you.

Read the full shielding guidance if you live in:

England
Wales 
Scotland
Northern Ireland

If you’re not sure what you should be doing, get in touch with our helpline by calling 03000 030 555.

If you are unable to leave your house, you can still join the challenge by tracking steps in your home or garden.

Can I arrange a group walk?

The Take Steps challenge has been designed so teams can take part without having to physically be together. But we know you might want to walk with your family or friends. If you want to walk with other people, please make sure you strictly follow social distancing guidelines and your walk follows government advice. This is particularly important if you, or any of your group, are in the social shielding category.
For the most up to date advice, take a look at the government website:
England
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland

Fundraising

How much do I need to raise?

However much you raise, you're doing your bit to support millions of vulnerable people in the UK with lung conditions. We recommend aiming to raise at least £100, but there's no minimum sponsorship target. There will be prizes for the top fundraisers and you can see where you stand on the leaderboard!

What is the best way to fundraise?

During this time, we recommend that everyone fundraises online. Send emails and share your progress on social media. You might even inspire others to get active and join your Take Steps team! Got a question about fundraising? Get in touch by emailing events@blf.org.uk.

How do I pay in my fundraising?

All donations come automatically to us, so you don't need to do anything. Just keep promoting your challenge - you're making a vital difference with every step you take!

The deadline for completing your fundraising is 16th October 2020. We'll send you a little something to show our appreciation after this date.

Preparing For Your Walk

What should I wear on my walks?

September can be unpredictable for weather, so make sure you're ready for different conditions if you set off for a long walk. Walking boots, waterproofs, sunscreen and plenty of water and snacks are all going to be important if you're out for the day.

How should I plan my route?

For some, a quick walk round the block is a good distance, while others might plan a longer route. If you fall into the second category, make sure you plan your route so you know how long it will take you. Head to www.komoot.com/plan to help you pick a suitable route for your ability.

Tracking my distance

How do I track my distance and share it with others?

Your profile page includes your personal distance tally so you can track your distance towards your target. This is a great way to keep your friends updated on your workouts!

If you track your workouts with Fitbit, MapMyFitness or Strava your distances will automatically add to your tally.

Follow these steps to track your KMs automatically:

1. Download the Fitbit or Strava app and set up your account

2. Log in to your Take Steps account.

3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.

4. Follow the prompts to connect your account

5. When you next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your workout, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.

When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.

Remember, you can manually add your kilometres to the tally in your My Fitness Activity tab of your profile after registering. This is a great option if you’re using a pedometer or a different method of tracking your distances.

Follow these steps to manually add your KMs:

1. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’

2. Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance

3. The number of KMs will now appear on your fundraising page!

Do I need to use a tracking app to take part?

You don't need to use a tracking app to join Take Steps, as you can add your distance covered manually. To do this, go to the 'My Fitness Activity' section on your dashboard and scroll down to the 'Add activity' section.

Where can I record my steps?

You can record your steps anywhere, meaning anyone can get involved! Even if you're staying in the house, your app can pick up laps of the garden or flights of stairs at home.

Why hasn't my fitness app activity updated on my fundraising page?

Your fitness app will sync your activities every day. Please wait until the next day for your distance to update.

If your fitness activities don't seem to be syncing, please login to your Take Steps account and re-connect your app in the 'My Fitness Activity' section of your profile.