New sign boards have been erected round Larbert Loch in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital with details of simple strength and balance exercises people can do when they are out and about.
The walk round the loch itself is half a mile and takes around 15mins to complete which makes it easier to fit in between appointments or during breaks. It is also a great walk for local patients and visitors as it is only a few minutes from the main entrance and has the added advantage of being located within peaceful woods with lots of lovely wildlife.
It has been shown that spending time and exercising in greenspaces has real benefits for your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing. So why not take some to walk or cycle around the loch and wider woodland area and pause for a few moments to do some, or all, of the simple exercises highlighted.
Doing simple strength and balance exercises are important for people of all ages to help keep your bones, muscles and joints strong. They also improve balance which can help to prevent falls in older people.
The LochPower project at Forth Valley Royal Hospital is a joint initiative between Edinburgh University, Forest & Land Scotland, NHS Forth Valley, Paths for All, Maggie’s Forth Valley and Forth Environment Link.