Get Walking for May

The Step Count Challenge is officially over - but don't stop here...

May is National Walking Month - the days are getting longer, the weather's looking better - now is the perfect time to get walking.

It's Walk to School week next week - why not get the kids involved? Walk all or part of the way to school, go together and stay safe. Starting healthy habits when you're young means you're more likely to keep them up when you're older. Exercise is a great way of getting your brain going to - a healthy breakfast and a walk to school (or work!) sets you up for the day.

Whether you are just starting out, or are a "seasoned stramper" Shetland has some stunning routes and quick loops to get you moving. If you're not sure about getting started, or are new to the area, but like walking with others you could try a local health walk, or for more of a challenge you could spend a day with the Shetland Field Studies group (see their timetable here). Lots of people prefer to walk on their own - walking can give you time and space to think, and many people find it is a great way to have quiet time and look after their mental health, if this sounds like you and you want to try some new routes you could visit WalkShetland.

Walking is a brilliant form of exercise - it can help manage lots of different conditions and keeps you fit and healthy - have a look at 23 and a half hours a 10 minute video about the single best thing we can do for our health (exercise!).

Walking can even win you prizes! (if you know where to look...) Check out Take30 the Ramblers Scotland webpage for your chance to win an iPad mini. There is only one "medal route" in Shetland so far - these routes are specially mapped for those starting out, with Bronze (15 minutes), Silver (30 minutes) and Gold (60 minutes) options - if you have a good route get in touch with Take30 to see if you can put your local route on the map.