Native turns into strolling champion following well being analysis
A strolling fanatic from Clackmannanshire has shared an inspiring story of how strolling
reworked his life as a part of a month-long celebration of the exercise.
Strolling has performed a famend position in 72-year-old Kelly Sagar’s life since being hospitalised and identified with the lung situation pulmonary fibrosis final yr.
Initially of his restoration, Kelly was solely in a position to stroll the size of his front room nevertheless has rebuilt his power to the extent that he has since been in a position to come off steroid therapy following physician’s recommendation.
Now, he can handle the situation himself, and credit his restoration to common native walks. Kelly has shared his inspirational story as a part of Paths for All’s Nationwide Strolling Month marketing campaign.
He stated: “Since retiring as a upkeep engineer in 2009, strolling grew to become my foremost interest with unrivalled bodily and psychological well being advantages. Following my analysis, strolling now performs a fair larger position in my life – which I by no means thought was attainable!
“I began strolling with the Wee County Walkers group which is a neighborhood Well being Stroll group within the space and it elevated my enjoyment much more. It has given me an opportunity to share my love of the exercise with others whereas discovering new routes and socialising.”
The Wee County Walkers run day by day Well being Walks round Clackmannanshire, organised by devoted volunteer Stroll Leaders like Kelly.
Kelly grew to become one of many first leaders at Wee County Walkers, which was established in 2010 and shortly grew to become in style within the space, with 40-50 folks taking part each week.
The group offers alternatives for locals who’re feeling remoted or lonely to come back collectively and discover stunning walks within the space. The group goes from power to power, with the age of group members starting from the mid-40s to 93.
Kelly added: “One in every of my favorite native walks is across the Black Devon Wetlands between Alloa and Clackmannan. The stroll is in stunning setting, and away from vehicles, so it’s a really peaceable route the place you’ll be able to simply get pleasure from being out within the recent air and lose your self within the surroundings.”
One other favorite stroll is across the Ochil Hills, specifically Alva Glen. With foremost roads out of earshot, the stroll boasts a waterfall and gorgeous views which assist to enhance psychological well being by means of constructing optimistic relationships with native nature.
After launching as a part of Nationwide Strolling Month, Paths for All hopes to shine a highlight on strolling and wheeling champions like Kelly for the remainder of the yr and is encouraging like-minded people to get in contact to share their story and encourage extra folks to stroll or wheel on daily basis, in all places.
Kevin Lafferty, CEO of Paths for All, stated: “Kelly’s dedication to the Wee County Walkers is implausible and his ardour in the direction of strolling regionally performs an necessary half in showcasing that you just don’t need to go to in style hotspots in Scotland to get pleasure from it and expertise scenic routes.
“Strolling can convey a magnitude of advantages. Not solely can it have instrumental enhancements to a person’s well being prefer it has with Kelly, but it surely additionally offers a chance to get to know native areas higher, assist make new social connections and positively impression the surroundings.”
Well being Walks just like the Wee County Walkers group are free and welcome these of all skills, together with wheelchair customers and people dwelling with disabilities. The teams happen throughout Scotland and help probably the most inactive folks to take their first small step in the direction of having fun with bodily exercise.
Prizes can be up for grabs for people who participate in Nationwide Strolling Month, with 1 of 10 £100 Blacks vouchers on supply, with winners being chosen twice every week, each week of Could.
These keen to search out out extra and for an opportunity to enter can categorical their curiosity by signing up right here: https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/win
For extra info on the Wee County Walkers, go to: https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/walk-project/wee-county-walkers
For extra info on Paths for All, go to: https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/