Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has backed a new campaign to encourage people to get active.
The campaign, entitled “Let’s get moving!” and led by Age Scotland, is about encouraging older people to get active by telling the stories of what people, from right across the country do to keep active.
To get the ball-rolling, Age Scotland launched the campaign at the Scottish Parliament this week and asked MSPs to tell them what they do to keep active.
Keith Robson, Head of Charity Services for Age Scotland, commented, “We all know that we could do with getting more exercise, indeed, in a recent survey the charity conducted, we found that only 55% of respondents were getting the recommended minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week.”
“Instead of telling people off for not doing exercise, Age Scotland is taking a different approach and telling the stories of what people do to keep active and why. We’ve heard from 81 year old ladies who can plank for a minute, granddads taking part in Walking Football and hundreds more and by telling these stories, we hope to inspire more people to get moving!”
In backing the campaign, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“Age Scotland are doing a tremendous job with their campaign to help to get people active. They deserve great credit for their work in communities across Scotland. In Orkney we are lucky to have numerous clubs that help facilitate people of all ages and abilities taking part, with all the benefits this brings in terms of physical and mental health.
“During the election campaign earlier this year, I joined the Sanday bowling club for a game of indoor bowls and got my first taste of carpet croquet at the Gilbertson Day Centre. Both provide great exercise for those involved and offer opportunities for me once my football career finally comes to an end!”