If you're on the our website here at Live Active Leisure, chances are you know that keeping yourself fit and staying active is hugely important to your physical and mental wellbeing. But what do you do when you’re not one for gyms, pools or classes? Perhaps you’re more of an outdoors person, you might be counting the pennies and reining in your budget or maybe you feel it’s just too alien a concept for you!
Well, the great news is that walking still remains one of the best forms of exercise you’ll find and across Perthshire you can take part in guided, organised walks that will encourage you to get out and enjoy fresh air, a stroll, a chat and a cuppa at the end. Called Stride for Life, these fantastic walks are free to join in and take place in twenty-one locations throughout Perth & Kinross including Stanley (as you can see here!), Comrie and Crieff, Kinloch Rannoch, Aberfeldy, Alyth, Errol, Perth City, Kinross and more.
Run in partnership between us (LAL), NHS Tayside and Paths For All, the walks are based on the health walk model which means that they'll last no more than an hour at moderate pace. They're led by local volunteer walk leaders who have been trained by Live Active Leisure to deliver safe, low level walks on a weekly basis in local communities.
Thanks to this amazing team of dedicated trained volunteers, the walks are very person-centred with many groups offering alternative routes which allow walkers to participate at a pace which is comfortable for them. This makes them ideal for everyone; in particular inactive or older people, those recovering from an illness or anyone who feels isolated and wants to get out and about.
If you’d prefer to be part of a group that shares your specific needs then look out for walks designed just for women or minority cultures and buggy walks for active parents. There are also Dementia Friendly walks in Stanley, Bankfoot, Alyth, Crieff, Kinross, North Muirton and Birnam with walk leaders receiving additional training to ensure the additional needs of this group are fulfilled and everyone enjoys their outing.
As well as the obvious benefit of ticking off some of your recommended 150 minutes of weekly activity the Stride For Life walks are a great way to explore the local area and meet other people in your community. All walks are free although most groups meet afterwards for coffee and social time which is paid for by individual participants. There’s no need to book, simply turn up at your local venue at the right time, dressed for the weather, and off you go.
Check out this great video explaining everything from our Stanley walk leader, Fiona Lough.