A MAN who had a heart attack is leading a series of walks to encourage others to keep fit.
Peter Bower is showing others the way on routes in Lindley, Paddock and Almondbury.
They are being staged as part of a First Foot Forward walking festival.
Mr Bower, from Lindley, hopes his experience will encourage more people to follow his example.
He had a heart attack in 1999 when he was 56 and hadn't done any real exercise since stopping playing rugby in his 20s - and he was a smoker.
As a consequence of the heart attack, Mr Bower was referred to Kirklees Council's Practice Activity and Leisure Scheme - called PALS - aimed at inactive people who would benefit from regular physical activity.
It was such a success that Mr Bower has volunteered to put others on the road to health.
He said his involvement in exercise schemes had paid dividends.
"I feel healthier, fitter than ever before and through being involved in all the activities I have made a lot of new friends and had a lot of fun.
"I'd definitely recommend joining PALS or one of the walking groups to anyone."
Mr Bower will launch a walk from Lindley library tomorrow at 11am.
He will also lead help the walk from Ambrys cafe in Almondbury on Wednesday at 11am and one from Paddock Scout Hut on Thursday, also at 11am.
The walks are all short. about 30 minutes to an hour.
Mr Bower said: "All the leaders will make sure that they go at a pace to suit everyone in the group - ideal for people not used to being very active, just like me a few years ago."