The Science

Stayin’ Wild is more than a walking program. It’s a step challenge with heart, based on a simple formula to help you build your fitness for a healthier, happier life.

Wildies commit to walking 10,000 steps a day for 28 days, then adding a little puffing, lifting and playing each week with the support and love of our community. Coach Di Westaway OAM and the Stayin’ Wild team hold your hand every step of the way, because we know how important it is to have support and connection when building new habits. 

The program is based on scientifically proven techniques of health, fitness and behaviour change as developed by Harvard University and global experts in Lifestyle Medicine


Walking just 30 minutes a day reduces your chances of suffering heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, some cancers, Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, and anxiety by up to 50%, (Harvard Medical School). It also improves your circulation, immunity, mood, memory and your ability to maintain a healthy weight. 


Puffing a little throughout your day by snacking on a few flights of stairs as you go about your daily business is an appealingly time efficient method of improving your heart and lung fitness and reducing body fat, as recently highlighted by a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and adopted by the US. 


Lifting heavy things is also ridiculously good for you but this doesn’t mean you have to pump iron in the gym. Daily activities involving lifting your own body weight while balancing and moving, such as carrying your shopping up the stairs and piggy backing kids around, will improve your muscle and bone strength. It will also assist in weight management, balance, anti-aging, inflamation, wellbeing and memory. 


George Bernard Shaw was spot on when he famously said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing,” so we encourage you to play more. Research shows that dynamic movement which is typical of sport, dancing and active play is just as important for adults as it is for kids. It’s been found that physical activity helps us find joy, purpose, connection and courage. It also improves balance, agility, mood, and brain development. 

Research also shows that having a shared goal, doing good and helping others assists in motivation and commitment to a challenge. And for many people, they experience not just the physical health benefits of exercise, but also the mental health benefits.

Stayin’ Wild is also a great opportunity to help others by inviting your family and friends to donate to supporting the mental health of all Australians through Beyond Blue.