Fifers urged to get healthy and fit in 2016

A walk in the Lomond Hills can help Fifers improve their fitness
A walk in the Lomond Hills can help Fifers improve their fitness

Fifers are being offered lots of opportunities to get healthier and fitter in 2016.

The Fife Coast and Countryside Trust is urging people in the Kingdom to get active in the new Year.

The move comes after increasing levels of obesity across Fife were documented in 2015. Fife Council website, Fife Direct, noted that 30.5 per cent of adults and 9.9 per cent of primary one age children were identified as being obese. On top of this, 11.4 per cent of primary ones were also classified as being overweight.

With New Year’s resolutions still fresh, there is no time like the present to shake off bad habits and get active.

Fife is home to one of the greatest coastal paths in Scotland, providing a free workout with spectacular views and an ever changing landscape. Running from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north, the Fife Coastal Path stretches for 117 miles and has a number of marked walks signposting both easy and demanding routes.

One of the most visited outdoor regions in Scotland, Fife is the ideal place to walk yourself fit, with walking being proven to help with weight loss and health improvements. FCCT looks after more than 30 sites across the area, with stunning walks and expert facilities.

Those who like a challenge can visit Lomond Hills Regional Park and see how much of the 25miles of moorland, lochs and farmland can be covered in a day.

Meanwhile families and groups can visit Lochore Meadows Country Park and enjoy the range of activities on offer to help them on their quest for a healthier lifestyle; including golf, cycling and watersports.

Amanda McFarlane, chief executive, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, said: “At Fife Coast and Countryside Trust we hope to help people across Fife to get fit and healthy in the new year through the range of beaches and walks we manage, as well as the Fife Coastal Path.

“Walking is a great moderate intensity activity, and our paths provide some stunning walks for all abilities. Whether you’re an avid walker or just starting out your New Year’s resolution to get fitter, there really is something for everyone to get involved with.

“The team at FCCT takes great care in maintaining the beautiful coastal path and sites across the Kingdom for the public to enjoy, and we look forward to welcoming locals and those from further afield to enjoy the incredible facilities on offer across Fife over the coming year.”