5k a Day - My Personal Challenge 

The Challenge Did   you   know   there   are   over   200,000   people   in   Northern   Ireland   living   with   a   chest,   heart   or   stroke   illness?   For   the month   of April   I   walked   5k   a   day   which   totalled   200,000   steps   to   represent   each   individual   person   living   with   one   of these illnesses. The   aim   behind   #NICHS5kaday    is   to   stomp   out   chest,   heart   and   stroke   illnesses   and   raise   awareness   for   these conditions.   I   have   raised   £175   to   date   which   will   support   a   NICHS   clinical   researcher   for   7   hours.   I   hope   my challenge will also encourage other people to take on #NICHS5kaday and make a difference here locally. The Inspiration & Motivation I   have   been   working   in   Community   Fundraising   at   NI   Chest   Heart   and   Stroke   for   nearly   2   years.   I   support   and advise   fundraisers   for   NICHS,   many   of   whom   have   directly   been   affected   by   these   illnesses.   This   commitment inspired   me   to   take   on   my   own   challenge   as   I   see   first   hand   how   vital   our   services   are   -   from   support   to rehabilitation programmes and through to the life changing research we fund. I   considered   the   thought   -   if   I   am   having   a   problem   keeping   up   with   a   healthy   and   fit   lifestyle   and   setting   a   good example   then   surely   other   parents   are   struggling   too?   I   am   a   working   mum   so   finding   time   to   go   to   the   gym   or   a fitness   class   feels   almost   impossible!   Short   brisk   walks   have   been   proven   to   be   very   beneficial   in   improving   your heart health because it can help reduce blood pressure. The Challenge in Action I   usually   walked   first   thing   in   the   morning,   before   the   start   of   my   busy   day   when   the   air   was   crisp   and   it   helped   me prioritise   for   the   day   ahead.   I   also   went   for   walks   at   lunchtime   or   in   the   evening   with   my   family   or   my   friends.   This was lovely with the days getting lighter and the dogs loved it!
This   is   a   great   challenge   and   I   really   enjoyed   it.   It   was tough    some    days    due    to    busy    schedules    and    work demands   but   i   did   it!   During   the   #NICHS5kaday    challenge, I   felt   less   stressed   and   I   had   more   energy.   If   you   plan   to take   on   the   challenge   yourself   then   my   top   tip   is   to   get   as many   of   the   steps   done   early   in   the   morning   before   the rest of the household wakes up! Challenge accepted As   its   National   Walking   Month,   why   not   step   out   today   and do you own #nichs5kaday challenge?   All you have to do is… 1)   Contact   the   events   team   and   let   us   know   you   are   taking part and we can provide you with some support! 2)   Set   up   a   facebook   fundraiser   to   allow   your   friends   and family to support you (click here for instructions) 3) Start Walking 4) Get healthy and Make a Difference!
Written by Lorna Watson Community Fundraising Coordinator Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
It’s   National   Walking   Month   and   I   would   like   to   take   this   opportunity   to   share   my   personal   challenge   experience   - #5kaday  for NICHS.
If   you   would   like   to   join   me,   on   my   adventure   and   take   part   in   your   own   #NICHS5kaday    challenge,   get   in   touch   with our events team on 028 9032 0184 or events@nichs.org.uk .

5k A day - My personal Challenge 

It’s   National   Walking   Month   and   I   would   like   to take    this    opportunity    to    share    my    personal challenge experience - #5kaday  for NICHS.
The Challenge Did   you   know   there   are   over   200,000   people in   Northern   Ireland   living   with   a   chest,   heart or   stroke   illness?   For   the   month   of   April   I walked    5k    a    day    which    totalled    200,000 steps    to    represent    each    individual    person living with one of these illnesses. The   aim   behind   #NICHS5kaday    is   to   stomp out    chest,    heart    and    stroke    illnesses    and raise   awareness   for   these   conditions.   I   have raised    £175    to    date    which    will    support    a NICHS   clinical   researcher   for   7   hours.   I   hope my    challenge    will    also    encourage    other people   to   take   on   #NICHS5kaday   and   make a difference here locally. The Inspiration & Motivation I      have      been      working      in      Community Fundraising   at   NI   Chest   Heart   and   Stroke   for nearly     2     years.     I     support     and     advise fundraisers   for   NICHS,   many   of   whom   have directly    been    affected    by    these    illnesses. This   commitment   inspired   me   to   take   on   my own   challenge   as   I   see   first   hand   how   vital our      services      are      -      from      support      to rehabilitation   programmes   and   through   to   the life changing research we fund. I   considered   the   thought   -   if   I   am   having   a problem   keeping   up   with   a   healthy   and   fit lifestyle    and    setting    a    good    example    then surely   other   parents   are   struggling   too?   I   am a   working   mum   so   finding   time   to   go   to   the gym     or     a     fitness     class     feels     almost impossible!    Short    brisk    walks    have    been proven    to    be    very    beneficial    in    improving your   heart   health   because   it   can   help   reduce blood pressure. The Challenge in Action I   usually   walked   first   thing   in   the   morning, before   the   start   of   my   busy   day   when   the   air was   crisp   and   it   helped   me   prioritise   for   the day   ahead.   I   also   went   for   walks   at   lunchtime or    in    the    evening    with    my    family    or    my friends.   This   was   lovely   with   the   days   getting lighter and the dogs loved it!
This   is   a   great   challenge   and   I   really   enjoyed it.    It    was    tough    some    days    due    to    busy schedules   and   work   demands   but   i   did   it! During   the   #NICHS5kaday    challenge,   I   felt less   stressed   and   I   had   more   energy.   If   you plan   to   take   on   the   challenge   yourself   then my   top   tip   is   to   get   as   many   of   the   steps done   early   in   the   morning   before   the   rest   of the household wakes up! Challenge accepted As   its   National   Walking   Month,   why   not   step out    today    and    do    you    own    #nichs5kaday challenge?   All you have to do is… 1)   Contact   the   events   team   and   let   us   know you   are   taking   part   and   we   can   provide   you with some support! 2)   Set   up   a   facebook   fundraiser   to   allow   your friends   and   family   to   support   you   (click   here for instructions) 3) Start Walking 4) Get healthy and Make a Difference!
If   you   would   like   to   join   me,   on   my   adventure and   take   part   in   your   own   #NICHS5kaday   challenge,   get   in   touch   with   our   events   team on 028 9032 0184 or events@nichs.org.uk .
Written by Lorna Watson Community Fundraising Coordinator Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke