Active Scotland



Active Scotland Partners

  • NHS Health Scotland
  • Healthier Scotland



Easy Activities

Two people talking part in an easy activity. A walk in the park.

Being active is easier than you think. Some people think about getting active as getting fit and assume that it means vigorous physical activity. It doesn't.

You will get fitter as you get more active. But, the goal for good health is to increase the amount of physical activity that you do. The more you do the better!

It's important to be active whatever age we are. Even growing older doesn't have to mean becoming less active. Many people think it's natural to slow down and do less, simply because we are not as young as we used to be. But, for most of us, this simply isn't true.

It's never too late (or too early) to become more active, and you'll benefit even if you've been inactive until middle age or beyond. The good news is that starting to be more active not only improves your health but also helps you cope better with the demands of everyday life.

Think about the way in which you live your life and the choices you make. There is an active and an inactive way in which you can do many everyday things, for example:

  • The way you travel - every journey begins and ends with a walk
  • How you go about your daily tasks at home, work or school
  • The choices you make as you move around, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift

The opportunities to be active are yours for the taking. It doesn't matter what you do - walking, cycling, swimming, dancing or yoga - as long as you do something. It is being active that counts! Put your postcode in the search box, choose 'easy activities', and we'll help you find something to get you started.

Further information

  • You can find suggestions for getting started, whatever your fitness levels, on NHS inform
  • If youÂ’re interesting in walking, you can find advice on health walk groups in your area on the Paths for All website
  • Read tips for keeping active throughout life on Jog Scotland.

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