In my recent article about dealing with setbacks, I mentioned that I had missed a day of walking because of the weather and that I was determined not to miss another walking for health session despite the weather not looking like it was going to get any better.walking for health

Well, you will be pleased to know that the snow has not beaten me for the last 2 days because I believe in walking for health and I am determined to continue throughout the winter, and I am not the only one.

Nanaimo’s Walk On Winter Wellness Challenge

Nanaimo Parks, Recreation, and Culture have teamed up with New Balance Nanaimo to issue a Walk on Winter Wellness Challenge which starts today.

The challenge is to count your footsteps between February 8th, 2020 until March 19th, 2020 with the aim of clocking up enough distance to travel between Nanaimo and British Columbia’s capital some 120 KM to the south in Victoria.

What Is The Purpose

The walk-on winter wellness challenge is to promote health and fitness this winter. The City of Nanaimo’s website lists some of the healthy benefits of walking and Nanaimo’s Recreation Coordinator, Deborah Beck issued the following statement.

“Walking is one of the easiest and most economical ways to be healthy. It increases your heart health, can lower your risk of disease, helps to maintain healthy body weight, is easy on your joints, and it releases endorphins which can make you happy.”

How Does It Work

It couldn’t be simpler, residents of the city are asked to use one of a number of ways to count their footsteps and enter them onto a form on the City of Nanaimo’s website. The website will then record and publish people’s performance on a weekly basis.

Prizes will be given based on participation, so the more times you enter your details, the more chances you have of winning one of the weekly prizes or even the grand prize at the end.

What If I Am Not From Nanaimo?

While this challenge is clearly aimed at the people of Nanaimo, anyone of you can record your results and join in the fun. However, I have not read the terms and conditions so you may not be able to collect a prize if you win and you are not from Nanaimo.

Not that this matters, walking for health is not about prizes


With the current travel bans, I am not getting anywhere near Vancouver Island but that is not going to stop me from joining Nanaimo’s Walk on Winter Wellness Challenge and see if I can walk from Nanaimo to Victoria in 6 weeks.

Why don’t you join in the fun and let me know how you got in in the comments below