Getting and staying in “the zone” is one way to optimise your fitness. Intensity matters. And now, you can track not only your steps but also your moderate to vigorous intensity physical activities (MVPA) with a new, improved, and free heart-rate monitoring fitness tracker when you sign up for National Steps Challenge™ Season 4. Returning participants from previous seasons are also eligible. Be rewarded for your steps and for hitting target MVPA. The Challenge starts roughly one month from now, and you can sign up for it today!

What is the National Steps Challenge™?

The National Steps Challenge™ is to encourage sustained daily physical activity with a goal of 10,000 steps. In its 4th Season, the Challenge will run from 27 October 2018 to 30 April 2019. Participants who accept this challenge earn Healthpoints for their steps, as follows:

5000 steps = 10 Healthpoints
7500 steps = 25 Healthpoints
10000 steps = 40 Healthpoints (daily maximum for steps)

Steps must be synced with the Healthy 365 app at least once every 7 days to avoid losing step count data. The points can then be used to redeem sure-win prizes, such as shopping vouchers. You can use these vouchers at participating F&B merchants and grocery/personal care shops such as Cold Storage, Giant, Sheng Siong, Guardian, Watsons, and Unity.

With the newly introduced MVPA category (starting this NSC season), you get even more chances to earn Healthpoints!

MVPA Duration
10 min = 10 Healthpoints
20 min = 25 Healthpoints
30 min = 40 Healthpoints (daily maximum for MVPA minutes)

Please note that returning completers (who have completed all 6 tiers of the Steps Sure-win rewards from previous NSCs), are only eligible to earn MVPA Healthpoints (no longer eligible to earn Healthpoints from steps).


Season 4 Prizes

As with all NSC seasons, there are lucky draw prizes too! Earn 1 chance when you clock 10,000 steps a day and 2 chances with 30 minutes of MVPA a day. There are a total of 50 prizes to be given away, with the top 3 prizes as follows:

Challenge Period

Of course, if you don’t get a lucky draw prize, you still get the vouchers and the amazing free tracker. And ultimately, the best consolation prize you can get is a more active and healthier you (which is priceless)! So everyone is indeed a winner!


Where to Get Your Free Steps Tracker

If you don’t have a steps tracker (that also measures your heart rate), Health Promotion Board will give you one for FREE. This offer is only for Singaporeans & PRs who have signed up for National Steps Challenge™ Season 4 (download the Health 365 app to sign up). Please visit the HPB website (click here, then click on “Roadshows/Trackers Collection”) to see a schedule of upcoming roadshows where you can collect your tracker on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please note that some roadshows are designated for new participants only. Members of the public are encouraged to check the HPB Facebook page for updates before heading down to the roadshows, as the queues may be suspended prior to the end of the roadshow if the waiting time exceeds the operating hours, or if stocks run out.

For sites where an appointment is required (at a SingPost office or participating mall), please ensure that you proceed to the collection site on the pre-booked date and time only. You can book an appointment by clicking here.


What Happens if Your Tracker is Faulty

Unfortunately, as with all electronic devices, these things can fail (it happened to me once in a prior season). If this happens, or your tracker was faulty from the start, you can get an exchange at any of the four Health Promotion Board Customer Care Centres OR at a partner outlet (depending on which tracker you have).

Please refer to this link for more details.



Some Thoughts

I’ve been enrolled in the NSC from its first season, when there were lots of glitches. The programme has improved tremendously since then, and each season gets better and better.

But the biggest change I’ve noticed is within me. After 3 seasons, although I still haven’t gotten used to wearing a tracker (I’ve never been much of a bracelet or watch wearer), I have developed a habit of walking more. I just don’t feel right when I have a mostly sedentary day. My walking pace is also faster. And now with the heart rate tracker, maybe it’ll motivate me to pick up the pace and run more.

So what changes would you like to make to your amount/intensity of physical activities?

If you want some more motivation to get you moving, check out Health Promotion Board’s ‘Move It!’ programmes. There are quite literally, hundreds of classes every month to choose from island-wide. And you can get (free) access to some of the best private gyms, such as Fitness First, Platinum Yoga, and True Fitness.


3 Comments on Get Rewarded for More Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activities (MVPA) in the National Steps Challenge™ Season 4

    • Hi Ks, that’s a really good question. The fitness band uses PPG to measure heart rate. You can read more about PPG here. PPG essentially measures the change and intensity of green light absorption. When your heart beats, it absorbs more green light. Between heart beats, there’s less absorption of green light. This method of measuring heart rate is not as accurate, though, as other methods like chest straps that use ECG.

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