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.

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.

6 Proven Benefits of Walking

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

3. Walking can relieve back pain
A study involving 31,000 people suffering from back pain found that light, gentle exercise like walking did more to relieve their lower back pain than almost anything else. Because walking is easy on the joints, it’s a great way for people to experience pain relief and get their exercise without putting strain on their bodies.
Link to article explaining study: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/633672/daily-walk-gentle-exercise-reduce-back-pain-survey-cure-Daniel-Steffens-research

4. Walking could prevent varicose veins
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins usually seen in people’s calves and ankles. They may cause mild discomfort and aching, but they are typically just a cosmetic problem. There is no known cause of these veins, but walking might prevent them. Walking can drain the excess fluid in the legs to keep ugly varicose veins from forming.
Link to article: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/633672/daily-walk-gentle-exercise-reduce-back-pain-survey-cure-Daniel-Steffens-research

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