66 days for Ostomates to walk, run, and dance their way to 66,000km. That is the new challenge launched by Colostomy UK to help promote fitness for those that have undergone stoma surgery.

On average, it takes 66 days for a habit to form a lasting habit. I can vouch for this after deciding to say good by to my sedentary lifestyle at the beginning of 2015 and start exercising. I managed to keep at it long enough for it to become something that I enjoyed. The habit was formed.

To promote an active lifestyle for those that have had stoma surgery, Colostomy UK has launched the Stoma 66 challenge. Those taking part will all log their activities which could be walking, running, sport and even gardening – anything where you move and record steps.

Over 66 days between September 16th and November 20th, 2019, all those that register for the challenge will log their progress to try and reach a combined total of 66,000km.

The benefits of being active post-surgery are numerous and as well reducing the risk of major illnesses, it’s also great for your mental wellbeing.

How Keeping Fit Has Helped Me

I’ve found it mentally difficult post-surgery due to complications experienced but I’ve tried to keep moving regularly mainly by regular daily walks and running when I have been able to. Even though right now there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of when my complications will be sorted, but looking forward to getting out each weekend for countryside walks has been helping me keep sane. I try to maintain around 50-60 miles worth of walking a week so looking forward to contributing to the 66,000km.

How to Participate

It’s free to signup for the challenge and you can learn more about it here.

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Diagnosed with IBD in 2002, I have experienced the usual ups and downs of having a chronic disease and tried numerous medications but the time finally came in 2018 to elect to have surgery to improve my life. I had the surgery in 2019 and this is my journey having a 'New Bum'.

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