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”.
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.