Good Move Glasgow boosting local health by organising a Big Fit Walk at Kelvingrove Park for people living in Glasgow
THE Big Fit Walk is a national campaign run by Scottish charity, Paths for All, with the simple aim of getting more people walking more often.
Get more Scots more active
Each June, the Big Fit Walk encourages and supports communities, schools, groups and workplaces across Scotland to get active and experience the physical, mental and social benefits of a short walk.
Kirsty Garrett, Glasgow Life’s sports development and physical activity manager, said: “Glasgow is known as the ‘Dear Green Place’ for good reason – we’ve got such beautiful greenspaces that it only makes sense to make the most of it. The Big Fit Walk national campaign inspires communities to come together to have fun and stay healthy.
“Our Good Move team runs a city-wide programme of weekly free health walks which are led by our team of wonderful volunteers. We hope this event will inspire others to get out and see the benefits of walking for themselves – both on a physical and social level.”
Walking is free, easy and accessible
Ian Findlay, chief officer at Paths for All, said: “In a nation where too many of us are unfit and inactive, walking is one of the easiest ways to incorporate a little more activity into our day.
“A simple short walk is free, accessible for most and has a wealth of benefits.
“It can help to protect us from developing heart disease, stroke or some cancers, improve our mood and make us feel better connected in our communities.
“The Big Fit Walk helps put the fun into walking! Walking in groups can boost self-esteem, create opportunities to meet new people in our area, or discover some local hidden treasures.
“We’re thrilled to see so many people from across Scotland coming together to enjoy a Big Fit Walk.”
Healthy and happy
Edna Moody, volunteer Health Walk leader for Glasgow Life, said: “The Big Fit Walk is a great way to bring walkers from across the city together to celebrate the benefits of walking.
“We really enjoy the social side of the health walks and have a good bit of banter along the way. Our group all support and encourage each other and have become good friends.”
You can join in
Good Move Glasgow run over 30 free and friendly Health Walks across Glasgow each week.
Find out more at www.goodmoveglasgow.com/walking
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