Walking is an excellent way to get some exercise and all the benefits that go with it. Here are some of the most important:

  1. Reduced Risk of Non-Communicable diseases – Exercise in general is known to keep people healthier and less likely to develop chronic illnesses. 85% of ill health, disability and early deaths in Sri Lanka are a result of non-communicable diseases and walking is an essential tool to staying healthy.
  2. Fat Loss – Exercise improves the body’s response to insulin resulting in reduced levels of body fat, particularly around the stomach.
  3. Improved Mood – Exercise releases a cocktail of feel good chemicals into your blood stream, which have immediate and more sustained positive impacts on mood.
  4. Enhanced Creativity – Because of improved mood and increased alertness you’ll be more conducive to creative new ideas.
  5. Reduced Stress – Exercise can reduce the levels of cortisol in the body, thus reducing stress.
  6. Great Looking Legs – If you use your legs regularly to walk, you’ll end up with toned, great looking legs.
  7. Increased Focus – Improved mood, enhanced creativity and reduced stress serve to increase your level of focus, which in turn can increase productivity and the quality of your work.
  8. Gastric Regularity – A healthy bowel is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and walking is a great way to ensure regularity. Exercise helps reduce constipation by decreasing the time it takes for food to move through the large intestine, limiting excess water absorption which can result in hard, dry stools. Aerobic exercise also accelerates your breathing and heart rate, helping to stimulate the natural contraction of intestinal muscles, resulting in healthy bowel movements.

Despite these great benefits, it’s often difficult to get and stay motivated to walk until it becomes a habit.

But No More!

ayubo.life’s W2K Challenge, Sri Lanka’s largest rewards-based walkathon, gives you all the motivation that you need with a grand prize of One Million Rupees up for grabs, along with a host of other prizes, surprises and benefits. All you need to get started is a smartphone (that can record daily step count) and the ayubo.life app for Android or iOS.

Each participant will have 25 days to walk 170,000 steps, which is the number of steps that a person will need to take to reach the historic City of Kandy on foot. Hence the name W2K Challenge; the Walk 2 Kandy challenge.

As participants walk each day, their paths will be littered with location based treasures, which can be collected for a chance to win prizes or enter the weekly raffle draw. Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a draw for the Grand Prize of LKR 1,000,000/-

According to research an activity needs to be performed regularly for 21 days at a stretch for it to become a habit, which is why the W2K challenge is 25 days long so you’ll have enough time and motivation to establish the great habit of regular walking. You can even give real meaning to your walk by using the app to donate any amount you choose to the Ayati Trust, which is a charity devoted to helping children with disabilities.

The W2K challenge is set to become the social exercise movement of the year in Sri Lanka and thousands of Sri Lankans have already taken up the challenge and are virtually walking towards the historic City of Kandy. Users will be able to share their progress on Facebook directly from the app so that everyone can keep track of how far along they are in the challenge.

So, download the app today and take 170,000 steps towards a healthier, happier, and more energetic you!