Why walk?

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"Regular activity is man's best medicine. Walking is a great treatment for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and many other conditions"
Dr Andrew Murray, GP and the Scottish Government's Physical Activity Champion, May 2012
 

Let's make Scotland More Active (Scottish Executive, 2003) acknowledges the considerable preventative and therapeutic potential of physical activity to reduce the burden of ill health. The national strategy sets out its positive vision for Scotland:

'People in Scotland will enjoy the benefits of having a physically active life'

To achieve this vision, there is a need for health professionals to work together to promote more physical activity into more people's lives.

As a nation, Scotland is inactive, unfit and increasingly overweight or obese. The health of 2/3 of the Scottish population is at risk because they are not sufficiently active to benefit their health (Scottish Health Survey, 2008).

Currently only 46% of men and 35% of women meet the recommended levels of physical activity of 30 minutes moderate intensity activity on 5 days of the week or 150 minutes in total over the week (Scottish Health Survey, 2008).

CATCH - DSC 0038Walking is:

  • Free
  • Accessible to all
  • Within the physical capabilities of most people
  • Combines physical activity with an opportunity for social contact and support
  • Can be enjoyed safely with a low risk of injury
  • Can encourage people to consider other aspects of their lifestyle eg healthy eating, stopping smoking and reducing stress

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