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#AlwaysTakeTheStairs

Many years ago I recall John Durnin, Professor of Physiology at University of Glasgow, scoffing at the concept of encouraging stair climbing as a useful form of exercise, remarking that one would need to spend a lot of time stepping up to make any difference to fitness or caloric expenditure. For decades I too felt that climbing stairs was an “additional” extra and not a prime message for physical activity until I started to read the emerging evidence on the dangers of sedentary behaviour and identifying opportunities for breaking up sitting time.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Scotland’s Endless Night

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

It was going so well. Striding through Pollok Country Park with my beloved dogs, delighting in the trees and the seasons and all the happy things that naturally outdoor people talk about. Then winter came and took some of the joy out of it if I’m honest. Driving rain is fine if you’ve nothing else to do that day and are heading home to dry off. This is the case with most ‘bad’ weather in fact. It is hard to walk through a gale for an hour and then do anything else that requires you look professional or in any way dignified. Compounding this is the shortness of the Scottish winter day.

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Just Go Left and Climb the Stairs!

If on an escalator, especially on visits to London for meetings, I always go left and vigorously climb the escalator. I do have favourites, such as the Holborn underground escalator which is the longest in London. If I feel really fit I’ll take two stairs at a time, it’s a race for me!

You can get quite a workout on these long escalators, especially if carrying a backpack or briefcase. Impressive metrics can be seen on your fitness tracker or smartphone.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Steps and Stairs

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

When change occurs it is interesting to go back and identify those thoughts and events which brought it about. A few years ago I was at a meeting with Glasgow Life, the part of the local authority that looks after sport and culture. The meeting was in a grim office building near the Tron but was high enough to afford a rare vista of that part of the city.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: The Reading Conundrum

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

It was going so well. Striding through Pollok Country Park with my beloved dogs, delighting in the trees and the seasons and all the happy things that naturally outdoor people talk about. Then winter came and took some of the joy out of it. Driving rain is fine but when it’s being driven into your eyes by a force ten gale it is genuinely quite hard to remember why this is important.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: The Hidden City

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

The problem is that, initial euphoria apart, I am a city girl and walking in streets and amongst buildings will always be my happy place. I am frequently surprised by people’s reaction to this revelation but I do think that steps walked in town feel different and pass more quickly than ‘proper walking’ steps. Last year I spent a day in London as I do from time to time. I started early, airport to airport, then DLR to the City for a round of meetings.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Will These Rains Never Cease…The Fair Weather Walker

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

And there I was, bright eyed and bushy tailed with the zeal of the convert. Certain I had caught the activity bug and I was genuinely keen as mustard to get my trainers on every day and see those steps click up. Then the endless, dry and temperate Autumn ended. As an eternal, born-not-created optimist I had anticipated that winter would provide a different walking environment and I was not wrong. I live in Glasgow and Autumn 2015 apart, it rains here a lot of the time.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: The Game Changer

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

My name is Kate Cunningham and I hate weather. I am a sun baby. Dark of look and descended from international swarthy types I like heat, sun and an absence of inclemency. Also, I have an incredibly expensive ‘urban parka’ purchased for pushing prams but returned to the cupboard in shame upon realising its not remotely waterproof. Bear Grylls would weep. These things were thrown into sharp focus when my daughter wore us down and we agreed to rehome 2 miniature poodles.

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World Cancer Day – WE CAN, I CAN

CAN YOU get involved in the fight against cancer – no money required!

The World Cancer Day initiative is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) who have invited organisations, institutions, communities and people who care about cancer to spread the word, and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds.

For the last three years, the SCPN has held the annual Scottish Cancer Prevention Conference on World Cancer Day – February 4th. Continue reading “World Cancer Day – WE CAN, I CAN”

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