The Scottish Government recently published their Physical Activity Delivery Plan to get more people active, more often. One area of focus is that government is looking to ensure that Scotland becomes the first 'Daily Mile Nation'.
You may have seen or heard about The Daily Mile in the news or perhaps you’ve heard from your children about doing a mile a day at school. There are 700 or so schools in Scotland registered as participating on The Daily Mile website. There may be more.
But what about the workplace?
This is to become a target by Active Scotland to see more workplaces participating in the initiative.
I’ve got to admit when I was working in the office environment, that heading out for a walk was often the last thing in my mind, particularly when things were hectic and busy! But looking back, I do think that I could have made more of an effort to fit in a brisk walk most days.
Getting out there at say lunchtime, first thing in the morning or even before jumping into the car before going home. That walk can help with stress and anxiety as well as many other benefits such as reducing your risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
150 minutes a week.
To reach the recommended level of physical activity for adults, you should be aiming for a 30-minute brisk walk at least 5 days per week. A brisk walk is raising your breathing and heart rate.
Here at Your Mile Challenge, our starting tier of mile targets is the same as a mile per day - 30, 31 or 28 depending on the month.
And we have challengers that do the mile per day and track it using their FitBit or similar and they also write it down in our downloadable calendar that we provide every month.
The feedback that we get is that having that goal and the encouragement from others in our online group, provides that motivation to get going and more importantly to keep going. Many say they don’t think they would do it if they hadn’t signed up.
Of course, the medal at the end of the challenge helps!
Want to get started?
Block in your calendar that you are specifically going to go for a walk at say lunchtime or after work for example.
If 30 minutes sounds a bit too much, how about 2 walks at 15 minutes each? Encourage others to join you to provide motivation and encouragement. If you are not sure you can fit it in, why not take that 15-minute meeting outside by going for a walk at the same time?
Why not sign up for one of our monthly challenges and get that extra incentive to do that mile per day? Check them out by visiting our sign up page.
Remember and take your trainers with you tomorrow!