Are you ready to put your best foot forward?
Thank you for your interest in a 10,000 Steps Tournament. The 10,000 Steps Tournament ‘Walk Around the World’ with Towers Rush is a great opportunity to be more physically active and participate in a fun initiative with community members and friends.
Each team must consist of between 2 and 5 participants with a team captain nominated. The team captain will be responsible for adding team members to your Tournament team.
Please complete your Team Nomination Form (here).
(Please note: Should your team be participating in Towers Rush, please ensure you have the same Team name and you have ‘ticked’ the Towers Rush team box on the Nomination Form. Should your team complete the ‘Walk Around the World’ with Towers Rush Tournament you will be automatically granted bonus points towards your Towers Rush Team).
How to Register
1. Go to the 10,000 Steps website www.10000steps.org.au and select Sign Up.
2. Enter your details to create your own account. Please note down your password as you will need it to login and use your work email address if you are participating within a workplace.
3. Select that you would like to register as a participant.
4. You will be asked to verify your email address by checking your emails and clicking on the link provided to continue to set up your account.
5. Complete the last required details needed to create your account.
6. Your account will now be created and you can access your Dashboard.
Logging Your Steps
To contribute to your team steps during the Tournament you will need to log steps in your own online 10,000 Steps account. Only steps logged during the time frame of this Tournament will be included in the team total. It is your responsibility to be actively involved and regularly log steps on the 10,000 Steps website.
To log your steps for the day click on the plus sign on the Dashboard and enter the number of steps you have walked or the activity in minutes. Alternatively, you can click on the Step Log button on your Dashboard which enables you to enter steps and activity in minutes for numerous days. Entering activity in minutes will add the estimated step conversion onto your daily total, increasing your step count. If you plan on entering moderate and vigorous activity during your Tournament timeframe please talk to your Coordinator to check if this can be included.
To connect your 10,000 Steps account with Fitbit, please go to your Tracker Details in your 10,000 Steps account. Once your 10,000 Steps account is linked with your Fitbit account, you can sync your Fitbit steps by clicking on the sync icon on the right side of the Dashboard.
Accessing the Tournament
Tournaments are a team challenge for the community to participate in together. ‘Walk Around the World’ with Towers Rush is a ‘Time Out’ Tournament run for four weeks with a start and finish date. This tournament is time-based, where the goal is for the teams to accumulate as many steps as possible in the set time frame. While there is no specific number of steps that teams need to accomplish with in this time period, we encourage teams (all adult participants) to reach a goal of 10,000 steps per person per day.
Once you have been added to your team, you will be able to access the Tournament by clicking on the Tournament card on your Dashboard if it has already started. If your Tournament has not yet started, click on the View Tournaments Dashboard card where you will be able to view your Upcoming Tournaments.
Guide for Team Captains
The Tournament Coordinator (Charters Towers Regional Council) will need to create your team and appoint you as a Team Captain before you can access the Tournament.
You will receive an automatic email when you have been added as the Team Captain. Once this has occurred you will be able to access the Tournament by clicking on the Tournament card on your Dashboard if the Tournament has already started. If your Tournament has not yet started, click on the View Tournaments Dashboard card where you will be able to view your Upcoming Tournaments.
Adding Team Members
To add your team mates, you will need to know your team mates and what their email addresses are. The teams should be established before being entered onto the 10,000 Steps website.
Your team members will need to be registered with the website before you can add them into the team.
Once your team mates are registered with the website you can add them to your team by entering their email address, this is the unique identifier which connects their individual account to the Tournament team. Once a team member has been added to the team, any steps logged within their own account during the Tournament timeframe will contribute to the total team steps.
Guide for Participants
Before you can access the Tournament, Charters Towers Regional Council or your Team Captain will need to add you to your team.
Once you have been added to your team, you will be able to access the Tournament by clicking on the Tournament card on your Dashboard if your Tournament has already started. If your Tournament has not yet started, click on the View Tournaments Dashboard card where you will be able to view your Upcoming Tournaments.
Take the first step to better health
First, set small achievable goals. Set manageable goals that will make you feel better physically and mentally. Make your goal specific and measurable, for example a 10 minute walk every day, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a swim once a week or set an alarm and get up from your desk every hour.
Second, increase your activity. Whether you are an elite athlete, or someone who does little physical activity, the principles are the same. You must progressively increase your daily activity levels. Start tracking your steps and make small increases in your normal routine and gradually increase these over time. Your body will respond, no matter you age or fitness and you will feel better, stronger and able to take on more activity.
Third, set a specific time each day to be active. You are trying to establish a new habit, so start off by establishing a routine for yourself. Set a time to be physically active by writing it in your diary, putting on an alarm, sharing your plan with friends and family. Do whatever you need to make sure you stick to it. You don’t need a lot of time, but it does have to become a priority.
Do activities you like, with people you like! Your body is meant to move, and it has a great ability to do so in many different ways. Find an activity which you enjoy and ask your family and friends to join you, increase your physical activity and enjoy it at the same time!
Have you walked your dog today?
While 40% of Australian households own a dog, less than two-thirds of dog owners actually take their dog for a walk. These statistics are pretty low considering the health benefits to canines. In the same way that regular walks will improve your health and save on health care costs, regular walks will also improve your dog’s health and save on vet bills.
A walked dog is a happier, healthier dog, less prone to barking, more sociable and overall, a better family member.
Be a responsible owner when you walk your dog:
- Use a leash
- Ensure your dog is registered and microchipped
- Keep up to date with vaccinations
- Walk in the coolest part of the day
- Bring water for you and your dog
- Don’t forget to scoop the poop
Dogs love to go for a walk, so get out, enjoy their company and let them be the reason to add more steps to your day!