Other than a good pair of shoes and the appropriate clothes for the appropriate conditions, you don’t need anything else to get on your feet and get walking. It’s one of the most convenient ways to keep fit and active and whether you want a short hike to the shops for a pint of milk, or a vigorous hike up the Ochils, here in the Wee County we have something for all ages and all abilities.
Walk to Work
Walk to School
Walk to Get Fit
Everybody has a legal right to responsible access to our countryside. There’s a duty on landowners to provide access to and across their land and to ensure that we all have the freedom to enjoy the countryside.
There are lots of walking groups you can join and
Walk or Cycle to Work
If you sit at a desk for most of the day, it is vital to your health and wellbeing that you get regular exercise. One great way of achieving this is by walking or cycling to work. Walking can increase fitness and decrease the chances of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and a host of other problems as we get older. Also, if you walk to work, you’ll start the day fit and alert and that’s good for your concentration and good for your mental wellbeing.
But if you can’t walk to work, then make sure you walk at work. Take a break from your desk and don’t eat your lunch there! Get out, enjoy the fresh air and walk around the block or around the park.
If you work in Clackmannanshire, we’re doing our best to ensure you’ve got safe and interesting places to walk, whether you’ve got ten minutes or ten hours.
Walk to School
Clackmannanshire Council is committed to encouraging safe and sustainable travel to and from our schools through the Safer Routs to School Initiative. We want to encourage more children to walk or cycle to school, and to make journeys to school safer and healthier.
There are so many compelling reason to walk to school. Active children are more focused and concentrate more during the day.
At school, children who walk to school can build relationships with their peers who walk alongside them. Children who walk to school learn vital road and personal safety skills and begin to develop a sense of independence from their parents.
20% of cars on the road at 8.30am in the morning are doing the school run. Let’s aim for a school walk instead; one where we have less congestion, fewer accidents and our kids don’t have to breath exhaust fumes while they line up to enter class.
Walk to Get Fit
Most of us will walk at least between 3000 and 4000 steps a day, so getting that number up doesn’t have to be difficult. Don’t get too wound up about counting steps. If you have a pedometer, that’s great, but if you don’t, just try to walk more and use whatever yardstick works for you to keep track. You can incorporate walking into your daily routine in a number of ways. You could
Walk to work
Walk to the shops
Take the stars instead of the lift
Walk the kids to school
Arrange to go for a walk with friends
Get up, put your jacket on and walk around the block or to the park.
There are many different groups, reasons and opportunities to get walking and our route planner section will give you some ideas.