Week three: Walking Challenge update

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Week three

10 days to go

BCNA’s Walking Challenge is nearing its final week. Teams are making excellent progress along El Camino, keep up the good work.

Logroño, Spain (top left)

Logroño is a city rich in history and traditions which have been preserved since the Middle Ages. Logroño hosts tree-studded squares, narrow streets and hidden corners. There are a great selection of pintxos (Basque tapas) bars scattered throughout the city.

León, Spain (top right)
León, a city on the Bernesga River, is home to many churches and cathedrals noted for their architecture and art. Among them is the Gothic 13th-century Catedral de Léon, with its towers and flying buttresses. The Romanesque 10th-century Basílica de San Isidoro is known for its frescoes and royal tombs.

Nájera, Spain (bottom)
Nájera is divided by the river Najerilla and an exceptionally important monument stands on its banks: the monastery of Santa María La Real. Its fortress-like external appearance constrasts with the ornamental beauty of the cloister of the Caballeros (knights), so-called because of the great many nobles buried here. The church houses a magnificent piece of carving in the choir, a brilliant high reredos with a Romanesque image of Santa María La Real, the Royal Pantheon, bearing the tombs of some thirty monarchs; the mausoleum of the Dukes of Nájera and, in the crypt, the cave where according to legend the Virigin appeared before King Don García, who ordered the construction of the site.

Challenge update

Collectively we have already covered 22,569km, which is approximately the distance from Brisbane to Las Vegas and back again. This is incredible. Congratulations to everyone who taking part in this challenge and taking steps towards improving your health and fitness goals and a special mention to this week’s top three teams Pink Divas, Splash and Chat Girls and Energizers.

Your stories

‘This is Jo and I at Maroochydore. It feels so good to walk along the beach on the sand. Therapeutic for the feet I'm sure. We are half of the Happy Wanderers team taking part in BCNA’s Walking Challenge. Jo and I had never met before and were put in a team BCNA put together. When we found out we lived so close, we couldn't resist getting together for a walk and sharing our stories. It has been wonderful to make new friends along the way.’ – Judith

Do you have any photos or stories form your walking adventures? We would love to feature them in next week’s newsletter. Please send them to [email protected].

Staying motivated

 It’s easier to stick to an exercise routine if you can see the benefits. Suggestions include:

  • Keep a training diary. Pay attention to the way you feel. Was yesterday’s gardening session easier on your back? Are your jeans looser? Were you able to laugh off an irritating event today? Simply taking the time to recognise and record these little improvements to your daily quality of life can increase your motivation to exercise.
  • Reward yourself whenever you reach a fitness goal – for example, your aim is to walk every night after work for a week and you’ve achieved your goal. Rewards could range from a magazine membership to a manicure. Sooner or later the reward will be the walk itself! The point is to celebrate your achievements in any way that is meaningful to you.
  • Use activity as a reward. When you’ve had a long hard day, give yourself the joy of a quiet walk by a river, near a park or just exploring your own neighbourhood.


We are heading in to the fourth and final week of the challenge and we have noticed some teams haven’t been logging their steps. Steps don’t need to be logged daily, but make sure you log them before the end of the challenge. If you are having trouble with this or would like help with anything else, please get in contact with us.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or on 1800 500 258.

Happy Walking!


Warm Regards

The Programs Team

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