Active 2014

High point for pedometer challenge

Nearly 4500 people have taken up a challenge to beat the 1.1 million steps it will take the Queen's Baton to travel across Scotland.

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The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council staff have been working in teams of up to five over the past six weeks, reaching more than 1.6m steps along the way.

Rhona Bray, receptionist at the health board headquarters in Glasgow and part of the Revenge of the Sprouts Team, has completed more than 190,000 steps alone.

Rhona said: "I did last year's pedometer challenge and enjoyed it so much I have continued walking throughout the year so it made sense for me to sign up for this year year's challenge.

"I am really pleased with the walking I have done over the last few weeks. Being active is important and walking has lots of benefits both for your physical and mental health."

More than 700 teams registered to take part in the challenge and Rhona's team have managed more than 680,000 steps.

Fiona Malcolm, Active Staff co-ordinator at NHSGGC, said: "It's great to see so many teams taking part in the challenge. This year, to make the challenge more interactive, we have developed a website and a smart phone app. Teams can track their own and other team's progress, encouraging a little bit of friendly competition.

"We have encouraged all participants to aim for approximately 10,000 steps each day in order to gain the greatest health benefits. However, for those who were sedentary prior to the challenge any increase in physical activity will be beneficial."

Evening Times Active 2014 aims to improve the health of Glaswegians in the year of the Commonwealth Games and build a lasting legacy of physical wellbeing.

Working with partners Glasgow Life, SportScotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde we'll be creating exciting opportunities for individuals, communities and businesses to get active as we bid to improve the health of as many people as possible in the community.

The message of this campaign is that even the smallest of changes in activity and lifestyle can make a huge improvement in health.

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Tips to help you keep active from the Glasgow Club

  • Be realistic about what you want to achieve
  • Build up the intensity and frequency of your activity sessions gradually
  • Find an activity which you enjoy
  • Exercise with a friend
  • Use the stairs as often as possible
  • Make active choices as part of your daily routine
  • Get out at Lunchtime! Why not go to the shops or park at lunchtime instead of staying at work? The walk will also make you feel more awake in the afternoon