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.
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.
Walking is a common leisure activity that can do wonders for a person’s physical and mental health. Studies researching the medical benefits of walking have proven that walking has great benefits.
1. Walking can improve your mood
A study on walking found in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that office workers who took 30 minute walks with their coworkers during lunchtime saw better enthusiasm, improved relaxation, and experienced less nervousness at work.
Link to study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25559067
2. Walking might burn more calories than you thought
Researchers learned that the equations frequently used to find out how many calories people burn while walking are probably incorrect. By factoring a person’s weight, age, and proportions, they discovered people might be burning more calories than previously thought. The study, published in The Journal of Applied Physiology, found a different equation far more accurate for calculating the calories burned while walking. In a Women’s Health article explaining the study, the author writes that the average 130 lb woman walking roughly 3 miles per hour burns about 81 calories per hour. Increase the walking speed to 4 miles per hour, and the walker can burn 95 calories per hour.
Link to study: http://jap.physiology.org/content/120/5/481
Article explaining study: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/calories-burned-walking
5. Brisk walking can actually be more beneficial than running
Researchers comparing data from two studies discovered that walking at a brisk pace is better at reducing the risk of heart disease than running. According to an article published by the Guardian, “Running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5% while walking reduced it by 9.3%.” Walking is also better at lowering high cholesterol than running.
Link to article: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/05/brisk-walk-healthier-running-scientists
6. Walking can help prevent diabetes
According to a Harvard study called This is Your Body on Walking, women who walked for around 30 minutes a day decreased the risk of diabetes by 30%. The study also concluded that walking 30-60 minutes per day drastically lowers a person’s risk of heart disease.
Link to study: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/health-benefits-walking