Emmet Rushe has achievable fitness motivation for us this January with a walking challenge - give it a go!

This isn’t the post I thought I’d be writing as the first one of 2021, but here we are again. 

Yes, we are back in Lockdown. 

No, it is not ideal or what we want. 

But it’s how it is and we need to make the most of the current situation so our physical and mental health can be looked after. 

We are kicking off a few challenges for our Rushe Fitness Letterkenny members and our online Opti-Mum members to keep them motivated and active during the January lockdown. 


There is no reason that we can’t all still meet our new year goals, even if it means doing it from home. 

One of the challenges it our ever popular 10k per day challenge!

It’s a simple challenge that everyone can do, and the best part is, EVERYONE has what they need to participate, AND it falls within the current 5k radius that we have to stick to for exercise. 

The 10k per day challenge might seem a bit much, but it’s not what it seems.

I’m not expecting you to walk or run 10km each day, that’s a bit much even for me.

We are going to build up to 10 thousand steps per day over the next few weeks.

Studies have shown that those who hit over 10k steps per day are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

So, there is a great reason to get your daily steps in. 

If you have a FitBit or any other of the activity trackers you can see what you are currently doing and then you can start to take steps (see what I did there) to hit the 10k steps needed for the challenge.

But, if you don’t and you have no plans to go out and buy one, you may not realise that you already have a step tracker and you use it EVERY DAY!

All smartphones have built-in activity trackers and even if they don’t, you can download one for FREE and start to use it straight away. 

Some people would complain that these are completely accurate and that they wouldn’t use them because of this.

Here’s the thing;
We aren’t tracking the Dublin marathon, so don’t be negative before you even start.

We are looking at how active you are throughout the day, and if you are only hitting 2-3 thousand steps right now, you AREN’T being very active at all and that needs to change.


So, now is the time to change this.

If you are only hitting 2-3 thousand steps per day, what I DON’T want you to do is go from that to 10k steps per day.
I would rather you went to;

  • 5k steps week 1
  • 7k steps week 2
  • 9k steps week 3
  • 10k steps from then on.

The slower progression will build you up nicely to getting them in and the longer time frame to do this will mean it will more than likely become a habit you will keep.

Do this along with some bodyweight exercises like we do in our Opti-Mum home workout program and you will be well on your way to meeting your new year goals!


So, who’s in?

This is really achievable and something you can get your office, friends or family involved in together.

Be sure to let me know how you are getting on with this and if you are hitting your daily total.

Happy Stepping

If you would like to join us online our Opti-Mum program has been helping busy Mums to stay in shape and keep fit and healthy from home all through 2020.

We are starting today, and you can sign up now through the link below.