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Scotland 'a green gym'

Posted 29 December 2010
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Scotland 'a green gym'
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Scotland's countryside offers a wonderful green alternative to a normal gym, a one-time leading government health advisor has said.

Former chief medical officer and current chairman of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) Sir Kenneth Calman noted the attractions of the great outdoors are also free and offer great scenery as well as helping people get and stay fitter.

And extolling the virtues of parts of the landscape owned by the NTS, he commented: "Whether it's enjoying a brisk low level walk through Glencoe or a more challenging march up one of our 46 Munros, the Trust can offer you the perfect alternative to the treadmill."

This may suggest hiking boots should take priority over running shoes for those looking to get fit in the months ahead.

The comments come as the Scottish government is gearing up to make 2011 its Year of Active Scotland.

Minister for public health and sport Shona Robison explained the measure is intended to get Scots fitter and more active in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 46 Munros on NTS land are among the 283 in total across the highlands and islands of Scotland.