Seniors at Thornland's Finncare walked around Australia over two years without leaving the gym

CELEBRATIONS: Finncare's nusteppers were treated to a celebration to recognise their achievement.

CELEBRATIONS: Finncare's nusteppers were treated to a celebration to recognise their achievement.

SENIORS at Finnish aged care centre Finncare have successfully walked around Australia without taking one step outside the complex.

The 100-strong group used cross-training machines in the centre's gym to complete their challenge over two- years.

Together the seniors racked up more than 20 million steps, equivalent to about 18,000 kilometres.

Finngym team member Annette Pekkarinen said the program was perfect for all fitness and mobility levels.

"It's an excellent activity for engaging seniors," she said.

"It works by way of encouraging exercising, socialising and interacting within the community.

"Our most senior participant in the NuStep challenge is 92 years of age."

CHALLENGE ACCOMPLISHED: Finncare general manager Peter Worboyes congratulates the nusteppers.

CHALLENGE ACCOMPLISHED: Finncare general manager Peter Worboyes congratulates the nusteppers.

The seniors, otherwise known as nusteppers, treated themselves to morning tea at a nearby cafe on reaching capital cities in their challenge.

Here Finnish and non-Finnish participants bonded over a coffee and talked about their travels.

Finngym member Amy Glade said the nusteppers enjoyed each other's company.

"It is so important to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation and Finngym helps us do exactly that," she said.

"We get to have fun together and keep active at the same time."

Vieno Pekkarinen was the most prolific nustepper having walked 2.2 million steps over two years.

The seniors and Finngym staff are already planning their next challenge.