Everyone had an awesome time on the coach trip and walk to Sheringham, Norfolk with Get Fit Nottingham. The weather was fantastic, and we had a great turnout. We all enjoyed a well deserved fish and chips at the end.
Interestingly, it was the 1940’s weekend at the same time, so that added greatly to the atmosphere in Sheringham.
Congratulations everyone, in August 2018 we had a total of 116 people walking with us, and we walked a combined total of 1,219 miles – that’s the same distance as from Nottingham to Morocco so a huge accomplishment!
1,028 slices of apple pie burned by our walkers in August 2018!
We burned the equivalent of 1,028 slices of apple pie! Keep inviting your friends as together we can have fun whilst making a dent in Nottingham’s obesity & diabetes epidemic.
Get Fit Nottingham is the most popular urban walking group in Nottingham, and it’s members have been super active in July with a record breaking 1,295 miles walked throughout the month, which is equivalent to one person walking from Nottingham to Tunisia!
The group has been running for nearly three years now, started by James Winsoar a Nottingham born fitness fanatic who got bored of walking by himself and after a friend died from an obesity related disease he decided to launch the group to inspire other people in Nottingham to be fit and active. It’s certainly working with a record number of miles being recorded last month.
In total 129 individual people burned more than 194,250 kcals on the walks in July which were throughout Nottingham, surrounding areas, and as far as a coach trip to Whitby. Those calories add up to approximately 1,295 cans of cola which were taken off Nottingham’s obesity and diabetes statistics as a result of the fun fitness walks.
Obesity in Nottingham continues to grow with figures increasing for children and adults, the reason being that fast food chains have huge marketing budgets, whereas community action groups like Get Fit Nottingham rely on donations from members of the public. Get Fit Nottingham receives no funding from the city council or any Nottingham businesses. Most of the events are provided free of charge.
“July was a record month for us since the inception of Get Fit Nottingham”, founder James Winsoar said, “and we intend to build on that success into August and September when students return to Nottingham. We can’t wait and hope for government to do anything about it, we have to take action ourselves”.
Young people are at the highest risk of developing obesity and diabetes with high alcohol consumption, reliance on fast food, and unhealthy snacking. Get Fit Nottingham is running an “invite a young person” promotion to try to get more young people active, and making healthier food and drink choices.
Whilst the city council continues to grant planning consent to fast food restaurants, the problem is getting worse. “It is a time bomb waiting to explode”, James Winsoar says, “walking is a great way to make friends, have fun, and is one of the most effective exercises suitable for most people. Let’s all get walking, and get healthy”.
Get Fit Nottingham provides five levels of walks suitable for absolute couch potatoes, through to people who are fit and active. All the walks are social and fun, and the group is very welcoming.
Congratulations to Edward Kendal for being our Urban Walker of the Month. He walked 34 miles with us in June 2018, which was 4 miles more than the next best walker Harpreet. Well done Edward you’re inspiring us all to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Keep it up!
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.