Step into Spring

FAQS
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What is Step into Spring?

Step into Spring is Vision Australia’s name for the annual step challenge. A step challenge is about walking as many steps as possible for the duration of the challenge. The best part is you don’t need to be an athlete to compete, all you need to do is walk.  

When is Step into Spring?

The challenge starts on Monday the 4th of October and will end Friday 29th of October 2021.

Who can participate in the challenge? 

All our Staff, Volunteers and Clients are invited to participate in the annual Vision Australia step challenge.  

Why should we do Step into Spring? 

The aim of the challenge is to encourage everyone to get active, which has proven benefits in improving both our physical and mental health 

More importantly, Step into Spring is about connecting with our colleagues and meeting a common goal to raise $10,000 as well as having some fun while we do it. 

Do I have to fundraise as part of registering for Step Into Spring? 

Fundraising for Step Into Spring is completely optional, but what a great way to make each of your steps count just that little bit more. 

If you don't want to fundraise please update your fundraising target to $0

How many steps per day should I walk? 

The National recommendation of daily steps for reasonable health is 10,000 per day.  We encourage, and challenge, you to meet and exceed 10,000 steps a day. You will be surprised, in some cases, how challenging this may be! 

What do I need? 

The challenge is a Bring Your Own (BYO) pedometer event.  

Almost all newer phones have an inbuilt, free, health app that comes as a standard feature and can track your steps and distance travelled. 

For iPhone other free Apps include Stepz; Walker or Wokamon if you are in for a game while you walk. 

For Android check out; Map my Walk; Moves and Accupedo Pedometer. 

Alternatively pedometers and Fitbits can be purchased from most retail stores starting at around $20 dollars. 

For a list of accessible Pedometers and Apps check out the Guide to Accessible Pedometers and Fitness Trackers here

How do I register? 

  • For all participants (individual or team) you will need to register your individual details on the My Vision For Vision platform via https://myvision.visionaustralia.org/event/stepintospring
  • Click ‘Register Now’ and enter your details
  • Set your Fitness Goal in steps for the challenge, add a fundraising target and photo if you wish.
  • Under the create a Team, press ‘skip’.
  • Enter a personal donation or press ‘no thanks’.
  • You are now registered. The next pop up screen will provide a personal URL to share

Each day or week your will need to log in and enter your steps to be counted towards your individual, team or national tally.

At the end of the challenge an individual; will be announced as the winner.

For further details please refer to the My Vision For Vision Instructions (Sharepoint Link)

How do I login to my page?

  1. Go to the My Vision For Vision platform at: https://myvision.visionaustralia.org/
  2. Click on the ‘Login’ button in the top right corner near the search bar.
  3. Enter your email address and password under the Member Login section, and click Login.
  4. Your personal challenge page to track your progress, enter steps, and create a team are displayed.
    For further details please refer to the My Vision For Vision Instructions (Sharepoint Link)

How many people are in a team?

Teams are to consist of 3 - 8 people

How can I create a team? 

1. Login to your My Vision For Vision account – if you don’t have a Login, you will need to Register as an individual first

2. Click the ‘Create A Team’ button under the page banner

3. Enter your team details as prompted and click ‘Create Team’ at the bottom

4. Use the URL to invite your team mates to join your team

5. Team mates will need to click the URL, and either register themselves by clicking ‘Register Now’ or join the team by clicking ‘I confirm’

6. Individual’s steps will be automatically updated to the teams total once the individual has entered their steps. 

Team step total will be average depending on number of team member

For further details please refer to the My Vision For Vision Instructions (Sharepoint Link)

Which apps are compatible with the My Vision For Vision platform? 

Strava and Fitbit are currently the only fitness apps that are compatible with the My Vision for Vision platform.

By connecting your Strava or Fitbit account to your fundraising page your step activity will be directly uploaded to your profile. Other activities you track on the apps will need to be converted to steps manually.

Garmin & MapMyFitness are in the process of being compatible with the platform. This FAQ will be updated when those two apps are compatible.

 

How do I link my fitness tracking app to my page?

Your profile page includes your personal step tally so you can track your steps towards your target. This is a great way to keep your friends updated on your workouts!

If you track your workouts with Strava or Fitbit your distances will automatically add to your tally.

Follow these steps to track your steps automatically:

1. Download Strava or Fitbit and set up your account

2. Log in to your account

3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app

4. Follow the prompts to connect your account

5. When you next work out, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your workout, save your workout and your steps will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s steps.

How do I enter my steps manually?

  1. Login to your My Vision For Vision account at: https://myvision.visionaustralia.org/
  2. Click on the ‘ My Fitness Activity’ link
  3. Scroll down and under ‘Add Activity’ enter the relevant details.
  4. It is required to enter the number of steps, however optional to enter kilometres and/or duration.
  5. Click ‘Save Changes’ and the information will be updated on the home page.

How do I update my step target?

  1. Login to your My Vision For Vision account at: https://myvision.visionaustralia.org/
  2. Click on the ‘My Fitness Activity’ link
  3. Under 'Set Target Steps' enter your step target for the duration of the whole challenge.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Save Changes’ and the information will be updated on the home page.

How do I upload a photo to my personal page?

  1. Login to the My Vision For Vision platform and on the top right hand side press the menu down button near your name
  2. Select Fundraising Page
  3. Scroll to the bottom of your fundraising page to gallery
  4. Press add image
  5. Once add image has been selected, press the upload file button and select the photo you want to upload
  6. Once you have selected the photo to upload you can rotate and crop it if you wish to do so.
  7. You can give your photo a caption by filling in the image title. Press save.
    Once your photo has been uploaded and saved, it will appear at the bottom of your fundraising page.


How do I upload a photo to your team fundraising page?

  1. Login to the My Vision For Vision platform and on the right hand side press the menu down button near your name.
  2. Select ‘My team’ and  then select ‘edit team page’

  3.  Scroll to the bottom of your team page to team gallery and select new image

  4. Once add image has been selected, press the upload file button and select the photo you want to upload. 

  5.  Press save. Once your photo has been uploaded and saved it will appear at the bottom of your fundraising page

Can I convert other exercise to steps? 

The good news is that other forms of exercise you may do during the week can be converted into steps. Use the guide below to convert your steps accordingly.  

Moderate Intensity Activity 

10 minutes of moderate intensity activity = 1,000 steps 

Moderate intensity activity?causes a slight, but noticeable increase in breathing and heart rate. You should be able to maintain a conversation.?Some examples of moderate intensity activity include: 

  • Swimming 
  • Cycling 
  • Horse riding 
  • Rowing 
  • Dancing 
  • Active gardening (e.g. mowing, raking and digging) 

High Intensity or Vigorous Activity 

10 minutes of high intensity activity = 2,000 steps 

High intensity activity makes you “huff and puff” and is where talking full sentences between breaths is difficult. Some examples of high intensity activity include: 

  • Circuit training 
  • Aerobics
  • Brisk rowing 
  • Fast cycling 
  • Jogging 
  • Competitive sport (e.g. squash, football and netball) 

For further information please refer to the Step Conversion Chart (Sharepoint link)



Who do I contact for further information?

We would love to hear from you! If you have any queries please contact the WHS Team at whs@visionaustralia.org