Walking Month in May

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It's Walking Month!

It is important to keep active during this time for our own wellbeing. Walking is one of the most accessible ways to stay active even from your home. We have lots of ideas on how to keep walking close to home, interesting and varied.

Virtual Walks around Aberdeenshire

During National Walking Month of May we want to encourage you to stay fit and motivated while spending extended periods at home. To provide a safe and effective way for you to walk at home, we have filmed a series of walks in familiar areas across Aberdeenshire for you to watch while you March on the Spot.

Portsoy Coastal Walk

Aileen is the Health & Wellbeing Coordinator and takes you on a walk close to her home from the Bay Links at Portsoy along the coastal path.

Lumsden Woodland Walk

Claire is the Health Walk Coordinator and takes you on a woodland walk in the Lumsden area.

Mindful Walk in Stonehaven - Sarah Gear, a qualified Mindfulness teacher and founder of Mindful Stonehaven, a community enterprise aimed at supporting wellbeing through mindfulness, has recorded a mindful walk in the beautiful Dunnottar Woods for us all to enjoy.

Stonehaven Beach - Join Anne and Ged, our Health Walk Leaders from the Stonehaven Health Walk (Mearns and Coastal Health Living Network). They take you on a beautiful walk along the beach in Stonehaven where you can see all the ’Stonehaven Banksy’ sculptures.

Virtual Walk in Lumsden - Join our Health Walk Co-ordinator Claire as she walks along the Sculpture Trail in Lumsden. Since 1985 the sculpture trail has been accessible along the picturesque foothills of the Grampian Mountains with many works by international artists. Sculptors were invited by Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Aberdeenshire Council to create and present work as part of the Scottish Sculpture Opens. The walk can be found at the southern end of the village of Lumsden and is accessible daily, free of charge.

Virtual Walk in Westhill - Join Claire on a walk around Denman Part and Arnhill Moss. You might like to join her by walking on the spot, hopping on a treadmill or exercise bike or simply sitting back and enjoying the scenery.

How to March on the Spot

You might like to join our virtual walks by walking on the spot, hopping on a treadmill or exercise bike or simply sitting back and enjoying the scenery. You can do this exercise seated or standing.

If seated - sit upright, in a firm straight backed armless chair

If standing - stand upright, legs slightly apart.  Use a supporting surface at waist height if required.

Lift alternate knees towards the chest, swing arms with opposite leg as you do this.  Keep as upright as you can.

5 in 5 Aberdeenshire. Choose your challenge - walk or run 5k a day, complete 5 walks, complete 5 virtual walks

Kindness Rocks Aberdeenshire

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world’ -Margaret Mead

Random acts of kindness releases positivity and improves your wellbeing. Painting a rock and placing it in your community can help make people feel connected. When they see a painted rock they don’t feel so alone. 

This week we ask you to paint rocks and place around your local community on your daily walk. Let us see your amazing rocks by using the hashtag #kindnessrocksaberdeenshire

Keep your child entertained while out walking

Activities to Make Walking More Fun for Children

Here at Live Life Aberdeenshire we have created some interesting ways to encourage your kids to get out walking and make it more interesting.

Walking with children

Walking is good for your overall wellbeing

Walking for Wellbeing

7 tips for 7 days:

  • Look for wildlife and flowers. Notice the new buds on trees and signs of summer.
  • Listen to uplifting podcasts, music or audiobooks.
  • Talk while you walk. Call a friend or family on your mobile phone.
  • Take a walk with nature. Find somewhere quiet away from the hustle and bustle of man made objects and machines.
  • Listen out for sounds and try to identify what you hear.
  • Stop and chat with others or simply say 'Hello!'
  • Take a note of the smells on your favourite local walk. Can you identify what they are?
selection of walking maps covering Macduff, Westhill, Banchory, Oldmeldrum and Stonehaven

Tired of walking the same route?

Why not check to see if our maps can help…

Each one has marked out local routes with distances and points of interest – as a guide it takes about an hour to walk 5k. See what’s available here! - Aberdeenshire Walking Maps

A Reason a Day to Walk More in May!

Taking a daily walk is great for your physical and mental wellbeing. We give you 31 other reasons to take that daily walk.......a reason for every day in May!

31 reasons to walk more

Walking While Respecting Physical Distancing.

We can still be enjoying our daily walks providing we follow government advice and respect physical distancing measures.

  • Only take exercise, for example a run, walk or cycle alone or with members of your household.
  • Always stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone else you meet while out.
  • Do not plan to meet up with friends or family.
  • Stay local – avoid all non-essential travel by walking close to home.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home and avoid touching gates, posts etc.
  • Keep dogs on a lead or walking at heel.
  • Respect any notices on from landowners asking you to avoid certain areas.

More information can be found here -  (Access to the outdoors guidance for public and land managers)


Active 10 – and other apps

The ACTIVE 10 app is a free app designed to help you recognise when you are walking at a brisk enough pace to reap the benefits associated with walking and helps encourage you to walk more. To download the app to your mobile device - Active 10 app

Download an Audiobook and Listen While You Walk

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