Virtual Surgery #3 - Your Stride For Life Questions Answered
Thanks so much to those of you who sent in your questions. Some were very similar to others so we've condensed them down to the following. Do remember to ask the walk leaders in your local venue for help and advice - they'll all be ready and willing to help!
Check back next week for our Stride For Life customer's talking about their experience of the Stanley walk.
Where is my nearest walk, I'm in Errol?
There are now seventeen Stride for Life walks across Perthshire and Kinross covering many villages, towns and areas. Do click over to our signposting blog showing times, meeting places and any special services – we have dementia friendly walks, buggy walks and both men and women only walks. There is one in Errol at 10.30am on a Friday which is a short 45 minute walk on flat ground.
What do I need to wear?
There are no special requirements for walking which is one of the great benefits to this exercise. Obviously we recommend comfort over everything and would encourage flat, comfortable shoes that support your feet well – walking shoes are great if you have them but equally, trainers or similar will do. Loose clothing that’s appropriate for the weather – layers in winter and lighter items in summer – are ideal. If the sun is out do remember to wear SPF cream and a good midgie repellent.
My mum would like to do this but she's not the quickest on her feet now. Can she join in?
Of course she can! In fact there are so many great reasons for her to join we can’t think of anything better! Walking can:
- Improve your physical fitness
- Have a healthier heart and blood
- Reduce your risk of illness
- Healthier joints and bones
- Better Sleep
- Slow down mental decline
- Social opportunities
- Maintain independence for longer
Everyone is welcome and our walk leaders are trained to assist anyone who is keen to get out and exercise. Most groups have more than one leader so you will find those who are bit slower on their feet tend to walk at the back leaving the quicker walkers to pick up the pace up ahead.
Some groups will break into two if the abilities are sufficiently mixed and may even offer shorter, easier walks for less able walkers and more challenging walks for those looking to get more of a workout! Whatever your pace, there will be someone there to walk with and chat to – the social aspect of Stride For Life is hugely important to its success so please do reassure your Mum she’ll be made to feel very welcome.
I'm about to retire and I'd like to be a walk leader - what should I do?
Great news! We’d love to have you on board. You don't need any special qualifications to train as a walk leader all you require is a passion for walking, a love of meeting new people and an ability to commit to leading a weekly walk in your area.
Colin delivers two courses each year, one in January and one in August.
How much is this? Do I need a LAL membership?
Stride For Life Walks are FREE and are open to everyone! There is no need to join and no need to pay any of the leaders. The groups do tend to go for coffee and biscuits afterwards but this is usually a nominal charge – a couple of pound - and is entirely optional (although it is great for catching up and having a chat about walking, exercise and life in general!)
I'm on maternity leave and would like to get out and meet new people. Howver, I feel very toed to the house and wondered if I could take my 4 year old and the dog along?
We’d love to see you, your baby, your four year old and the dog! All we ask is that your wee one walks beside you –I’m sure this is what would normally happen when you’re out and about - and the dog is on a lead.
You be most would welcome to join any walk but why not try one of the buggy walks and meet up with other mums in your area? Check out the full list of walks here>>>