Walk more with innovative App
A new app has been developed by Ramblers Scotland to encourage people to be more active in their daily lives – by walking. Walking is acclaimed as one of the most accessible and easy-to-achieve activities yet physical inactivity results in 2,500 premature deaths in Scotland every year. So walking more will help individuals and the general health of a nation. It’s no coincidence that the free Medal Routes App was launched exactly 100 days after the acclaimed Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. The app is part of a wider Games legacy programme. The Medal Routes App offers easy, one-stop access to 400 new walks. Medal Routes are short circular walks that start and finish within local communities and are all less than three miles long. Routes are split into three groups:
- Bronze: 15 minute walks
- Silver: 30 minute walks
- Gold: 60 minute walks.
Innovation winnerThe Medal Routes App is also a winner in the Ordnance Survey GeoVation Challenge. Viv Alexander, of GeoVation, said: “The Medal Routes App is a winner because we were excited by its potential to encourage people to take up walking and make it a regular habit. “It’s a great App that already has hundreds of routes for people to choose from, all of which are displayed using Ordnance Survey mapping. “We are looking forward to seeing many people in Scotland using the app to lead healthier active lifestyles”.
Walking app: What’s moreThe Medal Routes App also allows users to develop their own routes and share these with other users. This means you can add a bit of competition into your walking. Each time you walk a route you gain a medal and points. These points then contribute to an overall score on the Medal Routes leader board. This means that walkers can challenge friends and family and track each other’s scores to see who is in the lead.
Where to find the appThe Medal Routes App is free to download on all Apple and Android devices and can be found through the App Store or by downloading online. For people without smartphones, the Medal Routes are also available to download online. See Ramblers Scotland to download the app or search app stores.
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