Walking is fun, good for your heath and helps you look after our environment and the future of our city.
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Walking has been described as the perfect exercise by health professionals, to gain the benefits of being more physically active. Walking requires no special equipment or expense and is the ideal way for most people to become more active. Seven out of every ten people in Scotland are not physically active enough to benefit their health. The Paths to Health Project was jointly created by the British Heart Foundation and the Paths for All Partnership and receives funding support from the New Opportunities Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, and NHS Health Scotland. Physical Activity – the factsPhysical inactivity has been described as the ‘silent killer of our time’. Lack of physical activity is one of the biggest causes of illness and death in Scotland and increasing activity levels is now a priority for many national and local organisations. People who are active are more likely to live longer, enjoy more healthy years of life and remain independent. NHS Health Scotland recommend that we should be doing 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. A good guide to the term “moderate activity” is that we should be slightly out of breath but still be able to talk and feeling warmer. The benefits of walkingWe know that walking is an ideal activity to promote to inactive people because it is easier to start and sustain than other activities. However, people can equally reap the benefits of physical activity by cycling or horse riding using local path networks. Walking is an ideal form of exercise to promote to inactive people: It is free and requires no special equipment. It is accessible to all regardless of age, income, location and ability. It is within the physical capabilities of most people and is a realistic goal for inactive people. People are more likely to continue walking long after the walking activity has finished (compared to other physical activity interventions). Walking combines all the physical benefits of activity with an opportunity for socialcontact and support. It is the ideal level of activity to promote to inactive people. Thereis greater health gain at this stage (inactive to moderately active) than people movingfrom moderate to vigorously active. Walking can easily be incorporated into our dailylives. It can be enjoyed safely and there is a low risk of injury.
A walk in the park is a booklet describing some of the plants and features within the park available from EPML.