Beaudesert Times staff sign on for Steptember in support of charity

STEPTEMBER: Anthea, Michelle, Kate, Larraine, Rob and Shelly are supporting each other in the quest to log 10,000 steps a day. Photo: Brian Williams
STEPTEMBER: Anthea, Michelle, Kate, Larraine, Rob and Shelly are supporting each other in the quest to log 10,000 steps a day. Photo: Brian Williams

WHEN six staff members at the Beaudesert Times signed up to take part in Steptember, they thought committing to 10,000 steps a day would be a doddle.

Armed with pedometers and fitness trackers the workmates quickly realised that 10,000 steps a day would require more effort than anticipated.

More than 122,000 people signed on for Steptember campaign to help raise funds to help provide equipment, therapy and services to children and adults living with cerebral palsy or to support research into the prevention and potential cures for the disease.

The Steptember website points out that the average office worker only takes about 3000 steps a day, well below the 10,000 recommended for cardiovascular health.

Team member Kate Cahill said the campaign had been an eye-opener.

"You don't realise how inactive you really are," she said.

"I thought I was fairly fit but 10,000 steps is what everyone is supposed to be doing every day, even if they're not doing Steptember - and it's not that easy to do."

Ms Cahill said the Beaudesert Times team members had been meeting at 8am for a brisk walk together before work.

"It's a great way to start the day and it also gives us the chance to talk about things other than work, to really get to know each other," she said.

"We help each other to rack up steps and encourage each other to keep going throughout the day."

To sponsor a Beaudesert Times team member or donate to the Steptember cause, visit steptember.org.au, click on "donate" and search for Beaudesert Times