At jogscotland we believe that, with the right help and support, everyone can enjoy a healthier, happier, more active life. With our gradual, progressive programmes and our trained Jog Leaders, we can help you to take up and enjoy jogging, and change your life for the better.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never run before; if you’ve recently had a baby; if you want to run with your workmates; or if you think you’ll never keep up. Our Jog Leaders are specially-trained to help you reach your fitness goals while feeling safe, supported – and sociable!
Nobody is “too slow” to join jogscotland. Groups are available for walkers, joggers and runners of all levels, from complete beginners to long-distance runners. Beginner sessions include a combination of gentle walking and jogging, with a gradual increase in jogging as fitness and confidence begin to build. Within 20 weeks of starting as a complete beginner, most people are able to run 5K (three miles).
jogscotland is suitable for healthy adults of all ages – members include joggers in their 80s, and more than one hundred who are in their 70s. Many of our members have taken up jogging for the first time later in life, after being convinced for years that they would never be a runner. If you have any concerns about your ability to start a new exercise programme, we recommend that you check with your doctor first, but for most people, taking up jogging is achievable and enjoyable with the help of our well-planned, progressive programmes.
How to get started
- Decide if you’d like to jog with a group or use our programmes on your own. If you’d like to try our programmes on your own, visit the Learn to Run or Walk for Fitness page.
- We really recommend running with a group for extra motivation, guidance, and enjoyment! If you’d like to do that, visit the Find your nearest group page, search for your postcode, and get in touch with your local jog leader.
- Before your first group session, join jogscotland online – it’s free! You’ll just need to renew online once a year for as long as you’re running with your jogscotland group. You’ll get a reminder via email when renewal is due, so make sure you keep your email address up-to-date on your online account. This helps us track our membership figures and provide evidence of our activity to our funding partners, among other things.