It can be tough to stay motivated during the cold winter months, but people in Arbroath have been wrapping up warm and braving the weather to get active through Angus Council’s hugely successful ‘Get Active Arbroath’ campaign.
Since the beginning of February residents and workers in Arbroath have been getting out walking, running and cycling, and have been earning rewards and great prizes in the process. So far local people have clocked up almost 3,500 miles, burnt nearly 400,000 calories and mitigated over a tonne of CO2.
The BetterPoints app has helped people across Arbroath to adopt healthy habits that are not only good for their physical and mental health, but also better for the environment.
Paul H, Arbroath, was introduced to the BetterPoints app by his drug support worker and it has not only helped him stick to his new year’s resolution to be more active but has also had a really positive impact on his life: “I’m into a routine of walking every day now. As well as short walks I am doing some longer ones too. A couple of weeks ago my mum and I went up to Corrie Fee Nature Reserve, where we went for a 6-mile round trip. This was a massive achievement for me.
“I’ve lost weight. The exercise and the changed diet have meant I’ve shed 5 pounds. I also feel a lot happier in general. Rather than sitting in the house all day I am out walking and listening to audio books, which I really enjoy.
“Many people around town know me. I think they would be shocked to see the improvements that I have made.”
Ian R, Carnoustie, has always been fairly active but found working from home during lockdown made it difficult to find the time to take a break from being sat at his desk. The challenge has provided him with the added incentive to exercise more regularly: “Joining Get Active Arbroath convinced me to block out time every day to take a walk. It has encouraged me to use my bike more too.
“The app has served as a reminder to get some fresh air and stretch my legs, rather than just sitting at my desk. The extreme weather recently hasn’t put me off, I just wrap up warm and get out there!”
People in Arbroath still have time to take part in the challenge – it is running until Sunday 14 March. They can simply download the BetterPoints app from the App Store or Google Play store, register their details and the app will automatically add them to the ‘Get Active Arbroath’ challenge. They can then use the BetterPoints app to track their active journeys and earn rewards.