Get a little more activity during the day for Steptember

This September, we’re challenging people across the UK to get a little bit more active while raising funds to support Scope. These suggestions will help you get a little more activity into your day just in time for Steptember.

One great way of making sure you get a little more active during the day is by changing your route to work up just a little bit so that you get more active. You can do this by giving our exercises to do at your desk a once over or, you can try adding a bit more to your journey in the morning.

I know what you’re thinking. “My commute is long enough!”, but taking a break and walking between stops, getting hopefully some fresh air, can actually improve your mood. And once you get used to it, you’ll find it’s just as natural as your commute now.

Walking more in London

Around the Scope head office, we’ve found ways of getting a few more meters into our routines using an application that tells you the distance between Underground stations.

All you have to do is pick where you are and then try your hand at walking to a few stations on a daily basis to add to your overall step count! Since the Tube map doesn’t reflect accurate distances, this app can help you get a better idea of which stations to walk to.

Or, if you’re looking to spontaneously walk a journey, save the redesigned Tube map that Joe Watson and Aryven Arasen created after the 48 hour Tube strike and use it even while you’re underground.

Walking more outside of London

Finding your walking distances outside of London might not be quite as simple, but don’t fret.

The WalkIt app, available in the Apple Store and Google Play, allows you to search any major city and find the walking directions and distance by individual stations. You can even plan and save your routes with your own account.

Or, if you just want to take an extra stroll, you can use WalkIt to plan a circular path using the length of time you’d like to move. You can also plot your own route and figure out how much distance you’ll rack up doing it.

There’s still time to register your team on the Steptember website, so get a few friends, sign up, and make a pledge to get a bit more active while raising funds for a great cause.

Being funny helped me fend off the bullies! #EndTheAwkward

Guest Post from YouTuber, vlogger and actor Jack Binstead, who is supporting Scope´s End the Awkward campaign and stars in our Awkward Moments film. Jack has brittle bones and uses a wheelchair.

When I walk, it is very staggered, very messy. Normally I sit in a wheelchair, I can only take a few steps at the time. So I’ve come up with a phrase: I’m a penguin on drugs“.

At school I figured out that if I made jokes about myself first, then the bullies can´t say anything, because I wouldn´t be offended. I found this out when I was younger – turn an awkward situation into a humorous one.

I laugh it off, I switch it round. The strategy still works for me: A lot of my acting in the last few years has been based on comedy.

I will challenge your assumptions

Awkwardness comes from people assuming things. They assume that there are many things I can´t do. It´s always been a big thing for me that I don´t want to look any more disabled than I have to. If there is a slight chance that I can do something, I´ll try.

Especially as a kid there were a lot of situations where I got it wrong: I wanted to impress my mates, I wanted to be no different and the consequence was I fell out of the wheelchair, or I´d bust a finger in a wheel.

Meanwhile, though, I can do amazing things: I can get up and down an escalator. When people see it, their jaws drop, they can´t believe what they are seeing. If I let go, that´s it, I´d be falling down the escalator. There is only a few of us that can do that.

Vloggers are the new celebrities

YouTube is a big thing, vloggers are the new celebrities. I am such a sociable guy, I so enjoy it. Thousands of people subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

Tweets come in every couple of minutes and I have no problem answering all sorts of questions. I have told my followers about my condition: They know that getting out and about is risky for me, because my bones break very easily.

My message to my followers is: You´ve got to get out there, you´ve got to be motivated, you´ve got to be you. There is no point in being anyone else.

Bullying isn’t harmless banter

I am also involved in theatre, I’m doing a big play with school kids which focuses on bullying. They might not know they are bullying, they might think it is harmless banter with their mates – they don´t understand that what they are doing is hurtful.

There is nothing that limits me

Jack smiling and looking at camera
Jack at the shoot of our awkward moments film

For people who are not sure whether to offer help to someone who is disabled, my advice would be: Wait a bit longer, don´t rush into offering help. If I´m struggling, then come and approach me.

Generally, if someone with a disability needs help, they are going to ask. Chances are they want to bump down those stairs by themselves.

I believe that disability shouldn’t limit us. There is nothing about being in a wheelchair which would limit me.

Look out for Jack’s film coming out in Autumn, Bad Education, which is based on the TV series. Follow him on Twitter and You Tube.