Walkers at Cuddy Point

The Big Fit Walk is a national campaign run by Scottish charity Paths for All, with the simple aim of encouraging people to walk more and experience the physical, mental and social benefits of a short walk. NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department held Big Fit Walks in Stornoway and Benbecula during June.
Walkers from Lewis met on Monday 26th June for a 30 minute walk in the Lews Castle Grounds. It was a great opportunity to get active, get out in the fresh air, meet new people and have a chat while enjoying local natural and historical heritage. Walkers from the Uists were joined by a local Scottish Natural Heritage Officer on Thursday 29th June for a short walk around Lionacleit; enjoying the outdoors and learning about the unique natural environment.

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.”

While the Big Fit Walk is an annual campaign there are national and local initiatives to help people become more physically active all year round. For up to date information visit NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department website: www.promotionswi.scot.nhs.uk