September 18


Making Scotland Fit, One Step At A Time

We all have a good reason to be thoroughly invested in the health and wellbeing of the places we live. Not only for our own sakes but for the betterment of our society and the preservation of good habits. Scotland is starting to take a turn away from the bad reputation it has had regarding exercise, with a rise in people walking and going to the gym. But how can we contribute to that growth beyond our own efforts?

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Put those trainers on

Public participation is a hugely effective way to get people to take note of a cause, as well to convince them to join in. There are few public fitness events as well known or popular as a marathon. Events like the Edinburgh Marathon continue to get bigger and bigger every year. Not only do people join to challenge themselves, but often to raise funds for many worthy causes by collecting sponsors before the run, as well.

Get coaching

When it comes to improving health on a societal level, then encouraging younger people to get involved is more important than anything. One of the best ways to do that is to act as the coach of a local team, helping to make sports like football or rugby more accessible to kids and teens. Using sites like Trophies Plus Medals, you can also teach the reward of hard work, dedication, and getting in better shape as well. If you learn the habit of exercise and healthy living early, it’s much easier to keep it up as the years go by.

Lead the way

If you want to help the community become fitter and make a little money at the time, then there are few careers you might be better suited to than teaching fitness classes. Institutions like the Fitness Education Academy can help you develop the skills you need to start your own gym classes or even run a personal training business. The more accessible it is to get qualified training and tips from a fitness professional, the more people tend to put the time and effort into using the available resources.

Lend a hand

There are nonprofits and charities that may be able to benefit from the expertise of a professional just as much as a paying customer, too. For instance, the Dundee Stroke Exercise Club helps stroke survivors stay in better health and reduce their chances of further strokes and blood clots. There are exercise classes for people with all kinds of challenges and needs, from dementia to arthritis. Besides playing a role in preventing many of these health conditions, regular exercise is essential for managing and treating them, as well. You could be lending your own enthusiasm for exercise to those who are most in need of it.

Communities in Scotland, as well as across the whole of the UK, are in need of real fitness advocates. We can get more people involved, teach younger people the good habits they need to keep up, and even help those most in need stay active.