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Jog Away Those Christmas Dinners

The new year brings a new opportunity for you to get yourself into shape whilst enjoying the countryside in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you’ve made the resolution to become healthier or fitter this year, you’ll be glad to know that help is at hand, as Jogscotland restarts their popular Penicuik Beginners Jogging Group.

Meeting every Monday at 7pm at Ladywood Leisure Centre, short thirty minute sessions promise to offer an alternative way to wash away those festive calories. The first session commences this Monday, 6 January, and Jo Skead, the group’s leader, wishes to entice all to the group:

This group is suitable for complete beginners. It doesn’t matter if you’re nervous about starting to exercise, we promise to make it a relaxed, enjoyable experience and build up your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.

JogScotland is a recreational running network which is delivered through local volunteer ‘instructors’. Members take part in friendly jogging groups outside or in leisure centres across the whole of the country. Ability is irrelevant as everyone is welcome to take part by either walking, jogging or running. It is up to you; nobody is ‘too slow’. Groups will be tailored to your speed from beginners to marathon runners. Beginner sessions include a combination of gentle jogging and walking, with a gentle increase in speed as your confidence grows. It is likely that within twenty weeks of training, you will even be able to run five kilometres

The emphasis at every JogScotland group is on enjoying exercise and supporting one another in a friendly atmosphere.

To find out more about the Penicuik Beginners Jogging Group or the JogScotland initiative, visit or call 0131 273 3003.