Making the most of your walk
Walking is great for your health and wellbeing and you don't need any special equipment to get started. It's often not as far as you think to walk for shorter journeys, plus it'll count as part of your daily exercise and you’ll feel great.
All in all, walking is a happier, healthier way to get from A to B, with each step moving us closer to a cleaner, greener Scotland.
Benefits of Walking
- By walking shorter journeys instead of driving your car, you’re helping to reduce emissions.
- Walking is great for your fitness, health, and wellbeing.
- Walking is one of the best ways to unwind and relieve stress.
- You’ll save money by cutting down on fuel and parking costs.
Plan your walk
Take a look at the different routes to your destination. The best route may be different, quicker, and more exciting than the one you normally choose. You can also keep a lookout on your walks for any sightings of birds, animals, plants and more.
Make walking part of your daily routine
You can easily make a big difference in cutting your carbon emissions by not switching the car engine on and walking to places instead.
Doing your shopping locally and walking there can be easier than driving and having to find somewhere to park.
It’s also often a lot quicker than you think to get to where you need to go, whether you’re walking all the way there or doing part of the journey by foot and the rest by public transport.
Walking with the kids
If you’ve got kids, walking is a great activity to do together, with endless possibilities for entertainment. You could try a nature hunt, learn about the different seasons, go puddle jumping, or download a plant or bird ID app to help you spot some wildlife.
Local greenspaces can be great for taking a breather, walking dogs, enjoying family time, and for outdoor learning. There's usually plenty of wildlife to see too.
You can get ideas for things to do outdoors at Parent Club.
Walk and talk
By starting just one conversation with your friends, family or colleagues, you can create a ripple effect of positive actions that could help make the change needed to reach net zero and save the planet.
Reducing your car journeys
By rethinking how you use your car and reducing the number of daily journeys you take, you can help make Scotland a healthier, fairer, greener place to live.
Benefits of public transport
Choosing sustainable public transport is a great way to take climate action, at the same time as supporting healthier and happier communities.
Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel
Under 22-year-olds can now sign up for the Scottish Government’s Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel scheme.
Getting started with cycling
Cycling has so many benefits. Here’s how to get started with this healthier and happier way to travel.
Help with the cost of a bike
To help more people in Scotland choose cycling instead of the car for shorter journeys, the Scottish Government has made funding available
Making space for nature
Submitting your sightings of plant and animal species while you’re out walking is an easy way to contribute to nature protection programs.
TAKE ACTION STARTING NOW
To achieve net zero by 2045, we must take action now. Start here to find ways that you can make changes in your life at home and on the go.