Walk for Wellbeing: Get Active. Get Outside. Get Walking.

Working from home can bring many benefits - no time wasted commuting, more time spent with loved ones, and the chance to wear your slippers all day, but it can also bring around a new set of challenges.

Over a fifth of workers we surveyed said they felt their mental health had worsened as a result of working from home, and over 30% stated that they found working from home more stressful than working in the office.


Working from home has also taken a physical toll on many with 47% of workers we spoke to saying they feel less fit since working from home and over 39% saying they feel more tired.

The majority of respondents told us they are taking exercise or getting outdoors only 1 or 2 days per week while working from home, a factor which in itself is detrimental to both our physical and mental wellbeing.

That's why we are encouraging people to turn off the video calls, put down the pen, get away from the desk and get outside to enjoy a walk in the fresh air. Whether it's in the morning before you get started, during your lunch break or at the end of the working day, it's important to make sure you are making time for yourself and you are looking after your wellbeing.

We are also asking employers and managers to play their part in supporting their teams in getting active by setting up a team walking challenge to encourage employees to get outside and get moving.

We have put together a collection of fun walking challenges that you can set up for your team - from walking the distance of the Inca Trail, to the length of the Toubkal Circuit, or the equivalent mileage of the Lycian Way.

The goal is that as a team you all make sure to get out and walk each day so that over a set period of time you can cumulatively walk the equivalent distance of one of these famous walking routes from around the world.

Have a look at our challenges below, pick out one that takes your fancy and follow the link to set up your challenge online for your team to join. Or why not make up a challenge of your own?!

Whatever you do make sure to share your photos of your walks with us on social media using #WalkForWellbeing.

Hiking lake district mountain dog

The challenges

We've picked challenges from 26 miles to a whopping 2,190 miles so you can pick a distance based on the size of your team. We also recommend using Challenge Hound for easy set up and management of your challenge. Challenge Hound is free for up to 10 team members. 

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail | 26 miles

The Inca Trail is one of the most iconic hiking trails in the world, traversing the Peruvian countryside and Andean Mountains towards the beauty of the majestic Machu Picchu. Tailor the challenge to your team by adjusting the time frame you have to complete the distance - whether it's over a few days or a few weeks. You can set the challenge as a cumulative effort between your team or have each team member challenged to complete the distance individually over a longer period of time.

Walk The Inca Trail
Toubkal Trail

The Toubkal Circuit | 44.7 miles

The Toubkal Circuit is one of the most popular treks in Africa, travelling around and up the peak of Jebel Toubkal and taking in the beauty of the Atlas Mountains. Again you can tailor this challenge to your own team depending on the size of the team and your activity levels, by adjusting the time frame to best suit you, and making it a cumulative team effort or an individual challenge.

Walk The Toubkal Circuit
Larapinta Trail

Larapinta Trail | 138.6 miles

The Larapinta Trail is located in the Northern Territory of Australia and is regarded as one of the best bushwalking and trekking experiences in the country. This is a slightly longer walking challenge so you can adjust the time frame again to suit the size of your team, perhaps aiming to cumulatively reach this distance in a couple of weeks.

Walk The Larapinta Trail
Lycian Way

Lycian Way | 316 miles

The Lycian Way is a beautiful walking trail in southwestern Turkey, taking in the coast of the ancient region of Lycia. This is a longer walking challenge, so unless you’re a very big team you’ll definitely want to set this one over a longer period of time such as a month to reach the distance together as a team.

Walk The Lycian Way
Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago | 500 miles

The Camino de Santiago, which is also referred to in English as ’The Way of St. James’ is the route of a network of ancient pilgrimages in Spain which lead to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This hike typically takes around a month to complete, so you’ll certainly want to give yourself and your team some time to walk the equivalent distance. Perhaps set this one as a challenge for a month or two.

Walk Camino de Santiago
John o Groats

Lands End to John o'Groats | 874 miles

One of the most famed walking routes in the UK for sure, Lands End to John o’Groats traverses the entire length of Great Britain, starting in Cornwall and ending in the most northern point of Scotland. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Great Britain can’t be walked in a day either. Set this challenge for your team to cumulatively reach this distance over the course of a few months.

Walk Lands End to John o'Groats
Great Himalaya Trail

Great Himalaya Trail | 1056.3 miles

The Great Himalaya Trail is an incredible journey from the east to the west Himalayas, taking in ancient kingdoms and breath taking mountain views along the way. This is one of the world’s longest walking routes so it is a big challenge for your team to match this distance. Alter the time frame to suit the size of your team, but this could keep you motivated for 3 months or longer.

Walk The Great Himalaya Trail
Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail | 2190 miles

The Appalachian Scenic Trail, as its full name rightly depicts, is a hiking trail in Eastern USA travelling from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, and is the world’s longest footpath. This is our biggest challenge so you will need to adjust accordingly to suit the size of your team - if you’re a small team this one might even keep you going for 6 months.

Walk the Appalachian Trail

Use #WalkForWellbeing on social

Don't forget to use #WalkForWellbeing on social or tag us and tell us which challenge you're taking on, and we'll share your progress. 

The benefits of getting outdoors and being active

Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air, and if we're lucky some winter sunshine, has a heap of benefits for your mind and body:
    - Increases Vitamin D
    - Clears your lungs
    - Lowers blood pressure
    - Gives you more energy
    - Improves concentration
    - Reduces stress
    - Invigorates creativity
    - Boosts Serotonin and happiness levels- Reduces risk of depression
    - Relieves tension and stress
    - Releases endorphins which make you happier
    - Improves concentration and memory
    - Provides energy
    - Improves sleep
    - Burns calories
    - Lowers blood pressure
    - Increases muscle strength and function
    - Helps keep your heart healthy