Other Ways to Get Active

There are lots of reasons why cycling is good - it keeps you fit, it’s fast, cheap, reliable, good for the environment but most of all it's fun.  Sustans have maps of national cycle networks in Scotland and Cycle-Route have a comprehensive directory of cycle routes and mountain bike trails across each authority area.

The Bike Station has everything you need to get and keep you cycling. They can provide cycle maintenance, bicyle recycling, cycle training, guided bike rides and support employers to promote cycling to work.

Cycling Scotland is the national cycling promotion organisation for Scotland and have lots of information to help you get cycling - from choosing the right bike to cycle journey planners.

Let Andy's story inspire you to get the bike out of the garage this weekend.

But if walking or cycling isn't for you, there are lots of other ways to live a more active life. If you're not sure where to start, have a look at Active Scotland to find activities close to where you live. From archery to yoga, there is something for everyone.

jogscotland have 360 country wide jogging groups and like to make fitness fun and accessible. If you're looking for a new hobby or a place to meet new people, you could give it a go. To find a local jogscotland group in your community, click here

Take Life On has good information for young families on nutrition and exercise and why 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children is so important.

Why not get active by doing some footpath maintenance or conservation work?

Path work, fencing, bridgework etc are all great ways to keep fit whilst doing something useful for your community. Lots of organisations do conservation work, here is a picture of the Balerno Ramblers out on a working party organised by Friends of the Pentlands,

A number of Ramblers groups work with their local authority to clear paths which provides an opportunity for a great day outdoors being physically active. Contact a group near you to see if you can get involved. 

If you like the idea of being active through conservation work why not contact your local authority rangers service.  Alternatively here are a few more organisations you could contact:

National Trust for Scotland

Volunteer Scotland

Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Conservation Volunteers

Lothian Conservation Trust


The Forestry Commission



The aim of the plan is to get you walking briskly for at least half an hour on at least five days of the week.