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Scots urged to be more active

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Amanda Hamilton and Heather Macleod link arms at the start of their 30 minute walk in Glasgow Green

By Hayley Parr & Hannah Thomson

TV presenter Amanda Hamilton kick started the Take Life On health campaign in Glasgow Green on Thursday with around 50 spritely morning walkers.

The government initiative, which was joined by the Glasgow Health Walk network, is urging Scots to take part in physical activity for around 30 minutes a day.

Over the next month health and wellbeing expert Hamilton will be visiting cities across Scotland encouraging people to take small steps to more healthier and active lifestyle in a bid to demonstrate a range of exercises.

Amanda Hamilton said: “What I like about this campaign is its simplicity, it’s a message that we can all understand young or old, its thirty minutes or exercise a day whether it’s a brisk walk, playing with your dog or your kids in the park.”

Getting active for 30 minutes a day can help protect against many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Currently in Scotland only 39% are currently meeting the recommended physical activity levels with just under a quarter of the population being obese.

Heather Macleod, Glasgow Health Walk co-ordinator said: “We have a really good core of regular walkers. People get the walking bug and I think that the whole walking as a group idea, having some company makes it a good chance to make new friends which will encourage them to come as well.”

Glasgow Health Walk offers a programme of over 40 free walks around the city every week which are short and cater for all ages and abilities.

If you would like to find places to walk yourself around Glasgow you can generate your own route if you visit walkit.com

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