Here you'll find some ideas for getting active...
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In the swim
Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do, especially if you aren’t as fit as you’d like and it’s a good sport for all the family to enjoy.
If you can’t swim, sign up for lessons at your local leisure centre and learn a lifelong fitness skill.
See: www.scottishswimming.com for more about swimming in Scotland.
We’re football crazy!
You may be the biggest footie fan in the world or not care for it at all, but one thing's for sure, once you start, football's good fun and a great way of keeping fit.
Why not challenge your pals to a game of five-a-side? There are five-a-side pitches across Greater Glasgow and Clyde where, for a small sum of money, you can kick the ball around to your heart’s content.
For the keen player, there are local footie teams to join and you don’t have to be a bloke to do it.
See www.scottishwomensfootball.com (women’s football),
www.scottishfa.co.uk/safa (Scottish Amateur Football Association) and
www.scottishfa.co.uk (Scottish Football Association).
Make it a family affair
The news is full of the couch potato culture our kids are so happily embracing, so why not include them in your fitness regime? Here’s a few fun ideas for spring...
Get the kids into the garden or down the park for a game of footie or rounders. It’s a good laugh and a great way of spending time with your family….it’ll also tire the wee darlings out! Bonus!
Jump into the car or buy a family ticket for the train and get out into the country, a zoo, safari park, children's playground or visit a local castle or country home. Walk around and you'll be keeping fit without even noticing!
There are hundreds of different sports you can take part in and they don't have to be outdoors. From volleyball and hockey to archery, golf, martial arts, water sports and lots more. Go to www.scottishsport.co.uk for lists of Scottish sports association websites.
Dance yourself dizzy
Take a leaf out of your daugher's book and get yourself down to your local dance class. There are lots of classes for adults across Glasgow and it doesn't cost the earth to join. It's fun and a great way of getting fit. From tap, ballet, ballroom, salsa, country dancing, Ceroc, Scottish dancing and dancercise, there's something for everyone.
Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association - www.sohda.org.uk
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - www.rscds.org
Take a walk on the wild side
If you don’t fancy working up a sweat, but still want to get a bit of exercise, then go for a walk.
In the Glasgow, we’ve got lovely parks to roam in. Alternatively, walk around your local streets, spotting the landmarks as you go. The good bit about walking is that most folk can do it, you don’t need any equipment other than a comfortable pair of shoes and it’s completely free!
Get your friends and family involved, start up your own walking group or contact the Council and ask about their health walk schemes.
For more energetic walkers, get yourself out to the hills and bag a few Monros. Make sure you wear the correct clothing and boots. For practical advice on what to wear and how to walk safely on hills and mountains, go to www.ramblers.org.uk , the site also has details on local groups.
For information & advice visit the following:
* www.takelifeon.co.uk- Physical activity and healthy eating advice.
* Health Scotland - topical health information and advice.
* Live Well - Healthy living for everyone.
* www.ouractivenation.co.uk - linked to the Commonwealth Games, Active Nation aims to motivate us all into increasing our physical activity and live longer lives.
* Paths for All - Health walk groups have been established to create a supportive environment for you to start to enjoy the many benefits of being physically active
* Check with your GP before you take up any new exercise
* Start gradually and build up
* Take up a sport or exercise with family and friends – it’s more fun
* Exercise on a regular basis
* Enjoy yourself!