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Tell us about your Step Count experience

We've teamed up with researchers at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling to study the impact of the Step Count Challenge. Sam, from the University of St Andrews, tells us about his latest research project and how you can get involved.

Published: 27/06/2022

It’s 2022 and the team of researchers at the University of St Andrews and University of Stirling are back with more research. Firstly, thank you for all your help throughout 2021, where you helped us study the physical fitness and mental wellbeing benefits of the Step Count Challenge – we are currently analysing the data and can’t wait to share the results we found with you. However, this time we’re back with a new area of interest, investigating your experiences of the Step Count Challenge. We’d love to talk to you about all things Step Count Challenge, including how you felt about it, the methods you took to achieve your steps, how you worked as a team, whether you enjoyed the experience and even whether you enjoy physical activity at all!

So we’re looking for anyone who has participated in a Step Count Challenge, Spring, Autumn or both. Even if you didn’t finish it, we’re interested in what you have to say. We’d love to hear from a range of participants, including those who think they do lots of steps each day and those who are less active, as well as people from a range of job roles, so it doesn’t matter to us if your job is desk-based or more active – we want to talk to everyone.

For us to get the best understanding of how you incorporate the Step Count Challenge into your lives, and how you engage with the challenge in order to achieve the best step counts you can, we’d love to be able to chat with you in a short interview. These will be roughly 30 minutes, and ideally will take place using Microsoft Teams (though we’re happy to do phone calls if you’d rather). By participating, you’ll be entered into our prize draw which will include a High Street gift voucher up to £20 in value!

If you’re interested in taking part, or would like to find out more, please contact us at