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Meet this year's autumn Step Count Champion

Every autumn and spring Step Count Challenge, we ask you to nominate someone you know, who has gone above and beyond to motivate and encourage their team. This year's autumn Step Count Champion crown went to Rona, from team Livin' on a Hare, who shares her story with us below.

Published: 07/12/2023

Taking part in the Step Count Challenge got me outdoors and walking a lot more than I usually do. What I enjoyed most was seeing our local wildlife. Everyday I went out I saw herons, lapwings, swans, ducks and even a Sea Eagle! There’s a beautiful loch on the road I live on and I loved walking to it to see which birds were paddling around on it every day. Sometimes my cats joined me for a walk!

It was important to me to do the challenge, as I have a desk job and find myself sitting for long hours in a day looking at a screen. Taking part in the challenge encouraged me to get away from my desk at regular intervals. If the weather was windy and rainy, as it often is in the islands, I walked around the office kitchen table and used that time to think up new ideas or solutions to problems. It was really beneficial to get away from my desk more.

20 of our 26 staff took part in the Step Count Challenge so we had some fun rivalry between the groups to motivate us. My team was spread across Uist, Orkney, Shetland, the Black Isle and Edinburgh so we set up a teams chat to keep in touch and egg each other on.

I think the best way to keep fit during work days is to have a standing desk. It made it easy for me to walk about more and keep active. Every 45 minutes I took a short break to get some steps in, even if it’s just walking to the kitchen to get some water. I loved doing the steps challenge and I can’t wait for the next one!