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Get active outdoors

How many times have you broken your New Year's resolution to get fit? Ever wish the gym was just a little closer to home? We could all make more of the outdoors as a natural health service, providing us with easy access to green exercise.

Whether it's a gentle stroll or something more energetic the outdoors offers many opportunities for fun and relaxation which are also great for your physical and mental health. Getting active outdoors could be an easy way for you to get the recommended 5 x 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week. For children it's at least an hour every day.

The outdoors is a great open-air gym, and it starts on your doorstep with gardens, parks and greenspaces, local paths and places to visit. Or if you struggle to make time for exercise, how about walking or cycling to school, to the shops, to visit your friends - even just walking to the bus-stop.

If you'd like to get active with others there are opportunities to get involved in activities such as health walks or green gyms right across Scotland - find out more here. Outdoor events and activities are a great way for both children and adults to get active and find out about your local wildlife.

People walking on a footpath at Glen Sannox, Isle of Arran.  İLorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Go on a health walk

Join a regular organised walk that will help you stay fit and enjoy the outdoors.

Group of walkers on a Forestry Commission track near Kilmory , Isle of Arran.  İLorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Join an outdoor activity club

Do something you enjoy or something to make a difference, get fit and make friends at the same time.

Glenboig Village Park.  İGeorge Logan/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Medal Routes initiative

find out about Ramblers Scotland initiative to leave a lasting Games legacy by promoting local walking routes



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