Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health—that’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) wellness program is hosting a 10K-A-Day challenge, encouraging employees to dust off their fitness trackers and get moving.

The goal is to reach the recommended 10,000 steps per day over a six-week period. By forming teams and sharing stats, employee participation creates friendly competition and motivation.

According to JustStand.org, the average American sits for 12 hours a day! Think of all the time you spend at your desk, in the car, eating a meal or watching TV. Alternating between sitting and standing every 30 minutes can combat a sedentary lifestyle.

“The 10K-A-Day challenge is all about being more aware of your daily activity,” said Kathy Nellor, BCBSNE wellness manager. “It’s about making simple changes like taking the stairs, parking your car farther away, holding a walking meeting, or taking an extra lap around the grocery store before you leave. Our hope is that once the challenge has ended, employees will continue to challenge themselves to get 10,000 steps a day and make it part of their lifestyle.”

Prioritizing exercise can be difficult between work, family and extra-curriculars, but participating in a step challenge is a simple way to increase your daily activity and overall physical fitness. Whether you walk on your own, compete against friends or implement this challenge in your own workplace, partaking in a step challenge could be the easiest stride you take towards better health.