Walk This May – It’s National Walking Month!

May 2018 is National Walking Month and to celebrate Get Fit Nottingham is providing guided walks throughout the month to suit people of all walking abilities from absolute beginners through to more experienced walkers.

Walking is one of the best exercises for mind, body, and spirit. Not only are there proven health benefits for the body associated with walking, there are also the mental benefits of being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, and the social aspect of chatting to fellow walkers.

If you’re feeling competitive with your step target coming on our walks is a perfect way to get ahead of your friends and colleagues, plus with our carefully planned routes you might even discover areas of Nottingham you’ve never been to before!

National Walking Month perfectly aligns with the mission of Get Fit Nottingham to get people in Nottingham fit and healthy by walking in the city centre area, and surrounding suburbs.

Browse our packed schedule of walks for May and see you on the walk!

Welcome Kemet FM Listeners!

Founder of Get Fit Nottingham urban walking group James Winsoar was interviewed on Christine’s Health and Wellness show on Kemet FM this morning.

We would like to welcome all Kemet FM listeners who heard about Get Fit Nottingham on the show.

Here is the replay incase you missed it:

Bank Holiday Weekend of Walks

The “Weekend of Walks” starts this Thursday.

Which of the fun social walks are you coming to?

Thurs 29th March – Nottingham Canal & River Trent
Friday 30th March – Wollaton Park (Optional Meal Afterwards)
Sunday 1st April – Attenborough Nature Reserve
Monday 2nd April – Cromford, Derbyshire

Full details can be found on the Meetup app or at Meetup.com where you can also RSVP to each event.

Invite your friends. Together we can help Nottingham get fit and healthy!

Get Fit Derbyshire Walkers Say They Will Be Back!

Following the success of Get Fit Nottingham, the Get Fit Derbyshire walking group is also growing now with recent walkers from Saturday morning’s walk to Ashbourne being a huge success.

Walkers said they loved the 10 mile hike and most said they would return next time.

Full details of upcoming Derbyshire and Peak District walks can be found on the Meetup Group at https://www.meetup.com/Get-Fit-Derbyshire/

Here is Get Fit Derbyshire walk leader Carol on a previous walk we did to Matlock Bath:

No You Don’t Need A Gym To Get Fit!

Get Fit Nottingham is a group of 1,500 urban walkers in Nottingham started by James Winsoar in October 2016 who meet every week for fun fitness walks in Nottingham city centre, and surrounding areas.

In 2017, Get Fit Nottingham walkers walked a combined 10,865 miles. That’s as far as walking from Nottingham to Tasmania! In doing so, walkers burned 1,086,591 calories. That’s equal to the energy in 4,744 mince pies, or 4,786 glasses of mulled wine.

62.3% of Nottingham adults are either obese or overweight according to the Active People Survey published in the Public Health Outcomes framework. Childhood obesity is also a huge problem as the city has the second highest prevalence of child obesity in the country.

Walking is one of the best exercises for improving overall fitness, with no special equipment needed, and with it being relatively low impact there is little risk of injury. Walking outdoors also has the benefits of fresh air, and sunlight which helps with physical and mental health too.

Get Fit Nottingham organises regular walks on Thursday evenings, and Sunday mornings. The routes are all planned in advance, and announced on Facebook, a Whatsapp group, and on the Meetup app which means there will always be plenty of interesting people to talk to even if you are coming by yourself.

The walks are known for being fun and social, to such an extent that you won’t even realise you are exercising. Everyone is made very welcome. You can bring children, and well behaved dogs are welcome too. We have people attending from all walks of life, including all ages from 12 to 86.

Exercise more is the second most popular New Year’s Resolution according to a recent YouGov poll, which is why the organiser of Get Fit Nottingham group James Winsoar is expecting a flood of new members to join in January 2018.

“Last Jan we had over 500 new members register on our Meetup site”, James said, “and this year I’m expecting even more. We already have 80+ people confirmed for our New Year’s Resolution walk on the 7th January, and aiming for 100+ people which will make it our best attended walk to date. This shows there is a huge demand for social fitness events”.

All the walks are free, and announced at www.meetup.com/get-fit-nottingham/ where people can find details of upcoming walks and RSVP online.

There is a full lineup of walks planned throughout 2018 all available to view online, so there really is no excuse not to get fit, and make new friends!

Contact:
James Winsoar,
Organiser
Get Fit Nottingham
Mobile: 07967 646039

Walk With Us To Get Fit In 2018

We have a full lineup of fitness walks in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire planned for 2018. If you want to improve your fitness, lose weight, or become more healthy we would love for you to walk with our friendly group of urban walkers. Together we can get Nottingham fit again!

Check out our latest poster for full details (click for full size printable):

Walk with us to get fit in Nottingham.

Benefits Of Walking 1 Hour A Day For People Over 50

A daily fitness walk is the best activity for everyone but even more specifically for people above the age of fifty years. If the resulting effects could be quantified in tablets and pills, then it would be among the most popular prescriptions in the world!

There are so many health benefits that a person gets from walking. Walking can reduce the risk of getting many diseases like heart attack, stroke to even getting type two diabetes.

Walking needs no prescription, side effects are minimal, also the advantages are great. I have listed some of these walking benefits for all our walkers.

Weight management.

Walking together with healthy eating is a great sporting activity for anyone to do. This physical activity is a real important plan for long-lasting weight control. Keeping your weight within healthy limits can lower your risk in getting type two diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, and a lot more.

Keeping blood pressure in normal limits.

Physical activity strengthens the heart so it can pump more blood with less effort and with less pressure on the arteries. Walking is a superb activity for all fifty-plus seniors. Staying fit is more important than some medications to keep the blood pressure in its normal range.

Decreasing the risk of heart attack.

Exercise such as a brisk walking for two and half hours, in a week or just thirty minutes in a day for five days results in approximately a thirty to forty percent decrease in the danger of coronary illness in women. (Based on the 20-year Nurses’ Health Study of 72,000 female nurses.)

Lowering the risk of stroke.

Regular, moderate exercise such as a good walk to brisk walking for sixty minutes a day, five days a week, can cut the risk of stroke in half, according to Harvard Health Publications of the Harvard Medical School study.

Walking lowers the “bad” cholesterol and increases “good” cholesterol.

Levels of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol if kept high ensures that one is in good shape. Physical activity reduces Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol in the body, which results in plaque buildup in the artery walls. This is a leading cause of cardiac arrests.

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of walking in preventing cardiovascular disease. A 2002 study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that walking on a regular basis was associated with substantial reductions in the incidence of cardiovascular attack among over seventy three post-menopausal women.

Reducing risk of getting diabetes.

The Nurses’ Health Study claims that walking will lower the risk of getting type two diabetes. That is a big disease for people above the age of fifty years today. The associated risk in getting foot and hand vascular problems are great.

Protecting against hip fracture.

Walking, diminishes the risk of hip fracture. Because bone structure is maintained by the force of gravity (upright posture) and the lateral forces resulting from muscular contraction, weight bearing activities such as walking are better than cycling and swimming for maintaining spine and hip mineral integrity.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/walking-for-wellness
http://www.active.com/walking/articles/did-you-know-useful-tips-on-walking-and-fitness
http://www.health.harvard.edu/

Walking for Weight Loss

Losing weight does not always mean going to the gym, having a personal trainer, doing difficult diets, or spending lots of money. Losing weight can be simply achieved through daily walking. For many reasons, this simple exercise can contribute to effective weight loss.

Get Fit Nottingham Urban Walking GroupWalking is a cardiovascular exercise which makes the body work harder with each step. It means that you will need to burn calories to keep moving and this is why walking is good for speeding weight loss.

It does not matter if you walk 20 min, 30 min or 1 hour per day. What matters is that you keep doing it daily, decrease your calories intake and have the patience to get back in shape again.

Time, speed, diet and whether your path is flat or not determine how much weight you will lose. Even your height and weight are of great importance. The amount of calories burned per mile walked varies from one person to another. You just have to set your pace, decide how long you will go and this will control the number of calories burnt.

Walking can give you a great result if you have the right determination. Yet this does not mean that you will wake up with a fit body overnight, but on top of the fat burning effects of walking, it can help you to get a better nights sleep.

Solitary walks can be a private space where one can think, organise ideas, and can be a great remedyfor stress.

Walking can help people with diabetes, insomnia, depression or heart disease to improve their symptoms, or speed recovery. It is even said to increase one’s lifespan and repair one’s DNA as the scientist Katy Bowman mentioned in her book Move you DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, declaring “Walking is a superfood.”

With all what was told and with all the benefits combined, we all know for sure that your sitting on the sofa or behind the desk is not going to burn any calories! What are you waiting for? You can go for a walk right now. Walk, breathe, live and be healthy.

Get social with your walking with Get Fit Nottingham. You will have so much fun you will not even realise you are exercising!

To see our calendar of regular upcoming walks in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire click here.

You can also join our Facebook group.

Find us on Meetup.

Get Fit Nottingham Walkers Burn 2,126,604 Calories

Get Fit Nottingham Infographic

Members of the Get Fit Nottingham urban walking group have collectively burned an astounding 2,126,604 calories since the group started in October 2016.

Get Fit Nottingham was started by local entrepreneur and fitness fanatic James Winsoar who had the idea to form an urban walking group when he got fed up of walking by himself.

Despite friends telling him that the idea wouldn’t work because people don’t like walking in urban areas, the first walk attracted 12 others, and since then the group has grown exponentially, now having over 1,200 registered members, and some walks attracting 50+ urban walkers.

The total distance walked collectively is now an astounding 8,086 miles. To put that figure into context, that’s further than the distance from Nottingham to Honolulu!

The total calorie burn is equivalent to 4,704 donuts, 7,471 slices of pizza, or 8,274 McDonald’s Big Macs.

“People find it increasingly challenging to eat as healthy as they might like to”, James Winsoar the group organiser said. “Firstly, many are confused about what is actually healthy because we are given so much conflicting advice, but generally people are so busy they often grab what’s convenient, and that isn’t always the healthiest option”.

“Whilst we can’t change food culture in the city, we can encourage people to exercise more of those calories off”, James said. “We are able to explore all over Nottingham on our group walks, including the challenging hills of Mapperley and Gedling, the impressive Park Estate, along the canal, and River Trent, as well as beautiful country parks such as Wollaton Park, Attenborough Nature Reserve, and Colwick”.

“We are very fortunate in Nottingham to have such an abundance of nature within a stones throw of the city centre”, said James, “and our statistics show we are making a dent in the obesity epidemic in Nottingham”.

In Nottingham 62.3% of the adult population are overweight or obese*, and 38.8% of children aged 10 to 11 are overweight or obese.

The cost to the NHS of obesity related disease is at least £27 billion a year**, but as well as the material cost there is also the pain and suffering of those effected and their families. Deaths from obesity related illness are largely preventable.

Get Fit Nottingham organises walks ranging from easy to difficult for all ranges of walking ability.

* Source: JSNA
** Source: HMT Budget 2016