Kick Start Your New Year

Kick Start Your New Year

Two new Jog Scotland groups are starting in January 2018 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. If you can already run 5k without a break (it doesn’t matter if you’re not fast!) meet on Wednesdays at 5.30pm by the bike racks at the front entrance to the hospital. For those who’ve never jogged before it is Monday evenings, same place, same time.

Did you know that jogging can:

  • Improve mental health and mood
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Improve ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if an older adult

Theresa Campbell, Health Promotion Lead Officer, joined a zero to 5k group in September 2017. She said: “I now jog 6km three times a week. It never fails to leave me feeling enthusiastic and energised. I’m not exactly a ‘young thing’ and my motivation was, and remains, maintaining muscle mass and strengthening bones.”

Sandra West, Serco General Manager, said “During  2017, I was focused enough to lose 2.5 stone and even better, my medication for high blood pressure has been halved. I’m feeling fitter and happier and want to stay this way. I turned up on week one not knowing quite what to expect and looking back, can’t really believe that I can now run 5k without stopping.”

Anyone interested in joining should wear clothes they would be comfortable exercising in and a good pair of supportive running shoes or trainers. For more information and to sign up visit The Jog Scotland Leader at Larbert is Ron Gray ( Facebook page:

Winter 2017/18 News