Community Activity to Community Health (CATCH)
CATCH offer low level, low impact walks throughout East Ayrshire. These are suitable for all levels of fitness, and they are perfect for anyone recovering from a period of ill health or simply wishing to improve their fitness level. Our health walks last for an hour and are around two miles long. They are low intensity walks and are targeted at people who have medical conditions that may restrict their ability to exercise, or for those who have not exercised for a long time. The walks involve no inclines and good surfaced paths.
Longer more specialised Catch Up walks are also available. These walks require a reasonable standard of fitness and are aimed at people who are looking for a bit more of a challenge. Catch Up walks last for two hours and are around six miles long.
All walks are led by Volunteers who are trained to nationally recognised standards, and as well as leading the walks they also act as buddies to those who require extra support.
By walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) you can keep your heart healthy and reduce your body fat. There are many benefits related to walking regularly which include improving your cardiovascular fitness, increasing your muscle tone, boosting your metabolism, raising energy levels and improving sleep. There are also considerable mental health and well-being benefits associated with regularly taking part in walking such as helping you to deal with anxiety and stress.
Walking is free, doesn’t require specialist equipment, and can be fitted into your daily life, so why not come along to one of East Ayrshire’s led walks as an introduction to the benefits associated with regular walking. You will receive a free pedometer that will help you keep track of your daily activity levels.