Get Fit Nottingham Urban Walkers Walked As Far As Nottingham To Tunisia in July!!

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.

RSVP for upcoming walks on Meetup.

Edward Kendal, Steve Smith, and Kira Eloise Fuchsia Simpson our top walkers for July 2018!
Edward Kendal, Steve Smith, and Kira Eloise Fuchsia Simpson walked the most miles with us during July 2018 at 34 miles each.

Urban Walker Of The Month

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!

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/