Why Fit For Life?

The Daily Mile Fit For Life has been inspired by the success of the highly-acclaimed children’s health and wellbeing initiative, which was started by Elaine Wyllie in 2012 whilst headteacher of a large Scottish Primary school. Fit For Life has been inspired by the Scottish Government’s pledge to become the first “Daily Mile Nation” – encouraging all childminders, nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to take up The Daily Mile initiative.

The Daily Mile is simple, free and sustainable – we want to provide a programme where everyone can get #FitForLife!

What is The Daily Mile?

The aim of The Daily Mile is to incorporate 15 minutes of self-paced physical activity (walking, jogging, wheeling or running) into your daily life, to experience the benefits of regular exercise. We all know that regular physical activity has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, and can help us to feel refreshed, happier, more productive, and less stressed.

By getting #FitForLife with The Daily Mile, you are taking the first steps to leading a more active, healthier lifestyle.

This isn’t about elite sport or exercise – simply go outside into the fresh air in what you’re wearing, to get fit in 15 minutes of self-paced walking, jogging, wheeling or running. In this time, most people will average a mile or more. By focusing on the time of 15 minutes rather than on the distance, it keeps The Daily Mile non-competitive, social, and inclusive – everyone can take part at their own pace, regardless of age, ability or personal circumstance.

The Toolkit

The Daily Mile toolkit aims to support people to do a Daily Mile however and wherever suits them with three tailor-made versions: Individual and Family Toolkit, Workplace Toolkit and a Community Organisation Toolkit.

Visit the Toolkit section

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If you are doing The Daily Mile in your setting, community or home, we want to hear from you. Tag us in your posts and show us how you are getting #FitForLife.


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