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Let’s get physical

NHS Shetland is encouraging islanders to walk, skip or do anything else to liven up their lives as part of Scotland’s first Physical Activity Awareness week, which starts on Monday.

People working in Lerwick are being invited to take their trainers with them and join a mass lunchtime walk at the Clickimin track at 12.30pm on Monday.

Those with a bit more bounce and a bunch of willing friends can form a team of five to join the skipping challenge at Gilbertson Park games hall between noon and 2pm.

Anyone wishing to enter a team should contact Lauren Peterson on 01595 807493 or email lauren.peterson@nhs.net.

There are still opportunities to join the 2014 Step Count challenge by visiting www.stepcount.org.uk.

The NHS advises people should aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day at least five days a week to get their heart beating a bit faster and improve their health.

Even 10 minute bursts at a time are a help and can involve doing anything from a game of sport to simple housework, as long as the pulse races a bit more than usual.

The benefit will be more chance of avoiding many of the diseases that afflict modern society, such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia, osteoarthritis and any cause of early death.

It also helps keep people’s weight healthy, improves self esteem and makes it easier to carry on performing everyday tasks for longer.

Peterson said: “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can provide long term health benefits.

“It doesn’t matter what age, shape or size you are, or what ability you have, everybody can benefit from being physically active.”