Walking is the most popular physical activity on PEI and is a great way to add some additional active time to your day. For most Islanders, all that is required is a comfortable pair of sneakers and a commitment to take that first step out the door. Once outside, you can walk anywhere. It can be done along a sidewalk, on a trail, on the shoulder of a road, in a field or through the woods.

go!PEI's Steps Out Challenge goes all through the Fall. All Islanders are invited to walk their way to the PEI Marathon! Check with our partners or us directly on how to participate, get active, have fun and win some great prizes, and how to get a free entry to PEI Marathon's 5k or 10k Walk.



Register for the 5K Walk or 10K Walk PEI Marathon Events:

Register yourself, friends, family and/or colleagues for our go!PEI Steps Out Fall Challenge by emailing us today and find out how you can get an entry to the 5K or 10K Walk events of the PEI Marathon for FREE!

Step 1: 

  • Contact us at gopei@recreationpei.ca for the Steps Out Challenge info package
  • Fill out the marathon registration form (click here) if you are interested in being part of the FREE entry draw or simply tell us you just want to do the Challenge
  • Contact us if you have any questions

Step 2: 

  • Start walking!
  • Keep your tracking log up to date and send them in weekly to gopei@recreationpei.ca 
  • Check out our Island-wide calendar for community walks (click here)

 Step 3:

  • Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for program updates, including weekly draws for some great prizes

Walking Basics:

  1. Before starting any program, contact your health provider if you have any health concerns.
  2. Choose comfortable, lightweight, supportive shoes such as walking, running or cross training sneakers.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers. As you begin to warm during your exercise time, you can remove a layer to regulate your body temperature.
  4. Start slow and allow your muscles to warm up before you pick up your pace. Once you are finished, allow some time for your body to cool down.
  5. Practice good posture. Back straight, arms slightly bent at the elbows and moving back and forth with each step.
  6. Build your strength & stamina over time. If you are new to walking for fitness, start slowly and as you become comfortable with that amount of time or distance then add to it. 
  7. As you become a more experienced walker, increasing the pace will increase your heart rate. If you cannot carry a conversation with someone, you are working too hard. Pace yourself. 
  8. Drink water before you start and have a water bottle on hand if you are going for long distances so you stay hydrated.

Available Walking Programs:

What is go!PEI?

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of

About go!PEI

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of life.

The go!PEI team is made up of provincial partners (Island Trails and PEI Healthy Eating Alliance), Regional Sport & Recreation Councils and four major municipalities (City of Charlottetown, City of Summerside, Town of Cornwall, and Town of Stratford).   This group works together to provide opportunities for Islanders wishing to make a change to their personal health.   Through these partners, go!PEI delivers free programs all across the province focusing on walking, running, biking, hiking and healthy eating activities.

go!PEI's seven core principles are to deliver:

1. Activities that are low cost or no cost
2. Activities that have readily available infrastructure across the Province
3. Activities that require limited equipment
4. Activities that do not have time constraints
5. Activities that can be done as an individual or as part of a group
6. Activities that can be done by any age group
7. Activities that can be done year round (maybe not cycling)

 

 

How to get Involved

Become a leader: It is our hope to have as many Islanders as possible organize and deliver a program to their community, group or organization. If you have an interest in getting something started for your group, send our coordinator an email.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter: We send out an email newsletter throughout the year with healthy living tips, stories and upcoming events. You can sign up for our newsletter on our website or when you register for a go!PEI program. Or, you can email Laura at gopei@recreationpei.ca!

Participate in a Program/Event: The calendar of events is available on our website which identifies when free upcoming courses and programs are taking place. For programs specific to your community, please contact the community partner nearest you for information.

Request Information: If you want to mobilize your workplace, organization, family or neighbors we can help you do this by providing some information. A number of workplaces have organized go!PEI activities as part of their workplace wellness initiatives by receiving resources from our office.

Download Resources: Finally, if you want to make some personal healthy living changes you can collect tips and lessons on how to do so on our website. You can download program booklets (to follow at home on your own) and healthy living information on our resource page.

 

 



   

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