Getting Active in Ayrshire!

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Written by Frances Bain

We hear from Pauline McEwan and her colleagues at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock about how their challenege is going: 

'When the challenge was launched in March more people came forward to join our existing Tuesday Walking Group. There was such a good response we could enter two teams  – The Spring Chickens and Easter Bunnies. As a group, we try to get out and walk every day, the usual walk is around the hospital grounds from our offices at the top of the hill and back. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes and covers 1.5 miles; we try to walk at a reasonable pace so that we can feel the benefit and be a wee bit out of puff.nhsaa_addictionsc
Since having the pedometers, for each of us, it has become a challenge to up the number of steps we do. One member has more than tripled her original tally whilst others have complained to me if they have missed their own daily target. Even out with office hours we are doing more – I run on my cross trainer most days, another member goes hill walking to up their tally. We also enjoy the social side and invite anyone in the office to join in, sometimes there is quite a troop of us! The banter on the walk can be hilarious and even risque on occasions, but it is all good fun. We all return feeling more positive and relaxed as sometimes the work here can be very stressful and so the walks aid our health in many ways.
Even after the challenge is finished, the consensus of the whole group is that going out for a walk at lunchtime will keep on going'.

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