1. FAQs

About Million Miles Together

Is the Challenge suitable for me?

The Million Miles Together challenge is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness; participate at your own pace and cover a distance that is suitable for you. Please speak to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns over your ability to take part.

What happens once I have registered?

You will receive an email with your login details and information about next steps.

When do I need to complete my challenge by?

The Million Miles Together will run for 100 days, however, you can continue logging activity for one year from your date of registration.

How do I complete the challenge?

Walk, run, swim, cycle, play tennis, football or do a yoga class, any form of physical activity that you enjoy doing. If you don’t know the distance you are covering, keep a note of the time you’ve spent and use the distance calculator to estimate your miles. You can cover the miles anywhere, at any time.

How do I convert steps to miles if using my own step counter?

An average person takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile. If your step counter displays 10,000 steps each day you can log 5 miles on your My Activity page by clicking the Add Activity button.

What do I do if I have finished my challenge but want to keep going?

If you finish your challenge ahead of the challenge closing date you can still continue to log your activities. We encourage you to keep up a healthier and more active lifestyle.

How do I join an existing team?

To join an existing team you will need the name of that team. During registration you will be asked if you want to ‘Join’ or ‘Create’ a team. Select join and enter the name of the team you wish to join.

Do we have to do all our activities as a team?

No, you can complete activities individually. However, completing activities as a team is a fun way for everybody to contribute.

Me and My Account

What information is required about me during registration?

You will be asked to provide your Name, Gender, DOB, Email Address and a password. None of this personal information will be visible to site users or management.

Why is this information being collected?

This information is collected in order to create your account on the website and enable you to track your progress over the challenge.

Who can see My Account?

Your account is not visible to other participants or visitors to the website. The only public information is your chosen username, shown in the leaderboards.

How do I find myself on the leaderboard?

Login and click the ‘My Position’ button on the relevant leaderboard – Team, Individual, Family or School.

How do I log activity?

  • Login to  ‘My Account’
  • Click on ‘Add Activity
  • If using the Distance Calculator select ‘Calculate Distance’ after clicking on ‘Add Activity’

Technical Problems

I have forgotten my password?

Please click here to reset your password.

2. Getting Started

Here are some fun, free and exciting ways to complete your Challenge.

  • Try out a new sport or activity
  • Make it social – arrange for a group of you to go for a walk, run or cycle finishing in a nice place for a drink or bite to eat.
  • Set your team a crazy challenge by creating a team mascot and carrying it to different places. Reward whoever takes it the furthest distance and takes the best picture.
  • Lunchtime treasure hunts – find a few local landmarks around your office and see how many you can visit in one week.
  • Try pushing yourself to run, walk or cycle further than you do at the moment. Keep increasing the distance over time
  • Leave the car at home and try walking with your children to school or explore your local area. A daily walk will see those miles add up.
  • If you are lacking confidence and motivation to restart physical activity, doing it with the children is a great step forward.
  • Wherever you can take the stairs instead of the lift!

Some tips to keep you active when you’re feeling busy or tired

  • 10 minutes of exercise is better than NO exercise!
  • Use what time you have wisely – Walk to a meeting, school drop off, corner shop? Walk quicker! Standing at the coffee machine? Jog on the spot!
  • If it is too late to go for a 1 hour cycle then go for a 30 minute brisk walk instead.
  • If you’re too tired to go for a 1 hour jog then go for a 20 minute jog instead, or just walk!

3. Fitness Measurements

In order to monitor your progress we recommend that you log the measurements listed below throughout the duration of your challenge and beyond.

Weight and BMI
If you wish to monitor your weight then weigh yourself first thing in the morning as weight does often fluctuate throughout the day, it is also a good idea to only weigh yourself once a week. Try to focus on how you are feeling and how your clothes are fitting instead of just a number on the scales.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) now defines normal weight, overweight, and obesity according to BMI rather than the traditional height/weight charts. When you enter your weight and height in the “My Measurements” section within “My Account” your BMI will be calculated automatically.

Resting Heart Rate
Your resting heart rate (RHR) is the number of beats of the heart that occur in a single minute while the body is at complete rest. Your RHR will vary depending upon your age, gender, and general health.

For the best reading of your RHR take the following steps as soon as you wake in the morning: Place your middle and index finger to either your artery on your wrist or your artery in your neck. Once you find your pulse, count how many beats occur in 20 seconds, and multiply this number by 3 – This is your RHR.

You can take your RHR at other times of the day however, please take into account that the following can have an impact on your RHR reading:

Caffeine, Body Position, Temperature, Stress, Exercise, Alcohol

Note: If your RHR exceeds 90 bpm, consult with your health provider before doing any physical activity.

12 Minute Test
12 Minute Test is based on the recognised ‘Cooper Test’.This test will measure your aerobic endurance, which can be developed through aerobic exercise (also known as Cardio). Examples of common forms of aerobic exercise are walking, running, swimming and cycling. The aim is to see how far you can travel in 12 minutes by walking, jogging or running, depending on your ability to carry out the 12 Minute Test.

4. Definitions of Intensity

Intensity is the rate at which an activity is being performed. The intensity of different forms of physical activity varies between people and is dependent on an individual’s relative level of fitness.

Intensity Physical signs Activity examples
Light
(40-54% of maximum heart rate)
Does not induce sweating unless it’s a hot, humid day.

There is no noticeable change in breathing patterns.

Able to hold a conversation whilst walking.

Leisurely walking

Archery

Beginners Yoga

Moderate
(55%-69% of maximum heart rate)
Will break a sweat after performing the activity for about 10 minutes.

Noticeably accelerates the heart rate making you breathe faster and more frequently.

You can carry on a conversation but not sing.

 

Power Walking

Jogging

Cycling on level ground

Swimming

High
(Equal/greater to 70% of maximum heart rate)
Will break a sweat after 3-5 minutes.

Causes deep and rapid breathing and substantial increase in heart rate.

You can only talk in short phrases.

 

Running

Cycling including uphill Swimming (continuously)

Competitive Sports e.g. Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Aerobics/Dance

5. Contact Us

General Enquiries
If the answer to your question is not within our FAQs, you can contact us by emailing info@goldchallenge.com

Please Note: The quickest way to get a response to your enquiry is to send it in English, otherwise it may take up to 5 days for us to translate and respond.