New year is the perfect time to get active

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I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities and is raring to go for 2018, writes Oban town ambassador Kay McDonald.

I know I always start off with the best of intentions for the new year but they never last that long, so hopefully 2018 will be different.

For one thing, I’ve not made any resolutions and I’m only aiming to make one change and that’s to walk more and slightly faster.

I do have to walk a lot with my job during the summer but it’s at a leisurely pace and I tend to be lazy and jump in the car when I’m not working with the excuse that it’ll save time. So my one small change is to do one less car journey a day and walk instead.

If you’re inspired to make changes yourself then there are groups that can help motivate you such as Ganavan Parkrun on a Saturday at 9.30am where you can complete the course at the pace that suits you.

Then there’s the Thursday Walking Group from outside the Congregational Church on Argyll Street which I believe is about 10am or 10.30am.

If you’d rather be indoors for your exercise, then Atlantis Leisure is the place for you, as it has something for everyone no matter your age or experience, and friendly experienced staff to get you started.

There are also lots of other classes around the town offering Zumba, Scottish country dancing, martial arts and more, and many of them are in Oban Town Diary. This is as good a time as any to take the first step.

Often the best part of joining in a group activity is the opportunity to socialise and make new friends, and that’s always a good way to start the new year.

The photo from last week was of a window at Oban Distillery, which is quite distinctive with the black and white so I hope you recognised it. This week’s requires a wee walk, but it is a very pretty one.