Tips and resources to walk in, around, and between Communities
Benefits of Walking
Walking is more than just a means to get around; it’s also good for our physical and mental health. Walking briskly for as little as 10-minutes a day can make a noticeable improvement to our health. It:
Improves mental well-being
Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
Increases muscle strength and endurance
Strengthens bones and improves balance
Promotes better sleep
Know the Code before you go!
Scottish Outdoor Access Code
In Scotland, you can go on to most land to enjoy the outdoors – as long as you behave responsibly. This is known as Scottish access rights and is different from the position in England and Wales. When you are enjoying the outdoors, you must follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
For more information, visit the Outdoor Access Code Scotland website.
Take responsibility for your own actions
Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
Keep your dog under proper control
Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively
Care for your environment
Planning and recording
There are many smartphone apps available to help us improve our walks. Here are few we recommend:
Available for iPhone and Android, Google Fit monitors your walking activity and rewards you with “Heart Points” for every minute of exercise you do. The app also offers customizable coaching and tips based on your health and activity.
Charity Miles lets you turn a neighbourhood jog or weekend hike into a fundraiser for good. Just choose a charity and get moving. The app tracks your movement. For every mile you log, you help to earn money for your chosen charity.
Strava is a fitness app that can be used for walking, running, cycling, or swimming. Strava tracks your route, speed, elevation, and calories burned. You can also plan new routes and set yourself challenges.
What makes Strava stand out from other fitness tracking apps is its social features, which allows users to join clubs; share their route maps and photos from their walk, and compare journeys with other users in the area.
Additional resources for walkers
Tips and Equipment
You don’t really need any special gear to go for a walk. However, if you are attempting a more challenging walk, perhaps a long-distance or on rugged terrain, then there is some equipment that may be of use to you.
Check out this page from the British Heart Foundation on what they recommend you bring on your walking challenge.