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Walking from home

I’ve now officially been working from home for 15 months. Like many people, initially I embraced the extra free time that working from home gave me; during the first lockdown my activity levels were the best they had ever been. I was spinning each morning as a mock commute, following online yoga classes and using resistance bands to grow stronger. But winter came and with that my mood and motivation plummeted. I’d been stuck in a very big sedentary rut since January – starting the year off in another lockdown is not what my mental health needed. Averaging around 4,000 steps per day I knew I needed to re-calibrate.

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MOVE MORE, Scotland

There are an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, a figure that is projected to rise to 4 million by 2030.1

Physical activity can benefit patients at all stages of the cancer care pathway. Keeping active can improve survival rates, help maintain quality of life, improve sleep, have mental health benefits, reduce fatigue and risk of falls.2 In some cases, being physically active has been shown to slow disease progression, improve survival and reduce the chance of recurrence.3 Continue reading “MOVE MORE, Scotland”

Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: When Worlds Collide

Spring has sprung and very welcome it is too. Nights are lighter, the weather’s a little better…and every single member of the human race has made their individual way to precisely the same outdoor places as me!

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Walking It Off

‘Walking It Off’ is a phrase I have heard over the years and associated with footballers and the like, limping up and down the side-lines as they tentatively test some war wound or another, under the watchful gaze of their physio.

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It seems slightly unbelievable that I now subscribe to precisely the same reason and urge you to take heed. Continue reading “Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Walking It Off”

Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Walk with Mike

Somewhere at the back of my mind I knew that I had read something that made me want to walk. It is a slam dunk, 100% dead cert that wasn’t any article or book written by an athletic sort beseeching us over-committed, footsore schlubs to join them in their quest for abs of steel. It wasn’t a stern warning in a health related publication, nor a yellow card from a health professional, but something that made me think it might actually be quite enjoyable. Continue reading “Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Walk with Mike”

Cutting Cancer Cases – Ready Steady Go!

More than two thousand years ago Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, noted that if we all had “the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”. In general, all too few of us are following Hippocrates’ advice today.

In cancer terms, we know that 4 in 10 cancer cases in the UK could be prevented largely by changes to lifestyle. In this blog post I’ll be looking at one of these changes: being physically active. Continue reading “Cutting Cancer Cases – Ready Steady Go!”

Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: A Miraculous Invention

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

The weather isn’t improving. My ad hoc walking wardrobe is a bit on the light side and I’ve ended up cutting a few walks short recently because I was too cold or soaked through. A pair of inexpensive but decent walking shoes keep my feet warm and dry. My waxed coat (with apologies to my late father who made me promise never to wear it in public) is great in rain and passable in the cold, I recommend it to anyone stuck for a work and weekend option that wasn’t invented by NASA. That and my quilted jacket are both more than 20 years old thereby proving that new and special kit is most definitely not required for this activity lark.

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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 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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