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Meet the Walkers: Janet

Our Meet the Walkers blog series is back! We asked walkers who have taken part in the Step Count Challenge why they decided to take part and what walking means to them.

Published: 06/08/2020

Janet, a physiotherapist from NHS Fife, took part in this year's spring Step Count Challenge to keep active during lockdown, and kindly agreed to share her walking story with us.

Where do you like to walk?

I live in South Queensferry and we are very lucky to be surrounded by walks I can go to by just stepping out of my front door. I can choose to walk over the Forth Road Bridge and have views of the Forth Bridge and Queensferry Crossing. I can walk along the shoreline taking in the views from the estates that encircle Queensferry. Or I can head inland along the many footpaths that lead out of the Ferry. However some of my favourite walks during the Step Count Challenge have been within Queensferry - you can explore some hidden gems such as the Ferry Glen or Echline Community woodland. As I was walking in the evenings, these take on a very special quality at dusk.

If you could go for a walk with anyone in the world, past or present, who would you walk with and why?

At the moment I just want to get back to walking with my friends - I'm not bothered about walking with anyone famous! We are all part of an informal walking group that walk locally every Saturday morning, but of course the current lockdown has put a stop to that at the moment. The combination of a brisk walk alongside the inevitable shared chat (and of course a coffee in one of Queensferrys many cafes afterwards) is a winning combination that I'm sure does wonders for both our physical and mental health.

What's your top tip for keeping active at home?

Just get up and move regularly! I'm a physiotherapist and spend my clinical days encouraging older people to be more active. Yes, formal exercise is important but actually just making sure you sit less and move more really does make a difference. For myself, I try to walk everywhere locally rather than take the car for short journeys - a good boost to the step count as well of course.