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.

Walking Is A Smart Move For People Over 50

Most of us have grown up and lived much of our lives exposed to the standard conception of “exercise for fitness.” We are accustomed to seeing joggers, tennis players, and healthy-looking people working out in gyms and thinking of their activities as one way to get fit by exercising. And of course, they are doing just that. But there is more to using for fitness than the stereotypical view of the sweating, head-banded runner or the muscled weightlifter. The method walking is an exercise that has numerous health benefits, and in comparison with more vigorous exercise it even comes out ahead in several areas. There are many advantages of walking for fitness.

First, there are quite a few people out there who would prefer to be in the outdoors or a large space like a mall rather than in a gym or on a tennis court, so they are naturally attracted to walking for fitness. Not everyone likes competitive sports or being in loud, sometimes unenjoyable environments like fitness clubs and gyms. For these folks, walking is great because you can walk solo and listen to music or just enjoy nature, you can walk with a spouse or friend and enjoy a conversation, and you can walk just about anywhere – no particular space or place needed, as long as it’s safe and comfortable. Walking for fitness is easy, doesn’t damage your body, and it’s free. For all of these reasons, it’s a better way to get fit and stay that way.

Second, walking routinely will keep you physically solid. Fitness specialists and doctors agree that even a short walk can do wonders for the human body. It can reinforce the cardiovascular framework by getting the heart going, and it decreases circulatory strain and expands blood vessels. It is sensibly vigorous (increases your oxygen intake and lung capacity) and obviously little side effects – it’s easy on the feet, lower legs and knees. Normal walking strengthens your body and bones and reduces joint inflammation and other bone and muscle problems. It brings down bad cholesterol and increases good cholestrerol, and it diminishes the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While it’s doing all that, walking for fitness can help you to get thinner. As long as you wear appropriate footwear and don’t over exert yourself, there is basically nothing about walking that is bad for you.

Third, walking is useful for your emotional wellness. It is known to enhance your mind-set and reduce stress levels. That impact alone is extremely valuable in this day and age, and those advantages increase since bring down anxiety and having a better mind-set make your body more energised. The basic movement of walking also builds your vitality and slows ageing, which is all the more uplifting for your emotions.

Just knowing that there are so many benefits to walking provides a built-in incentive to do it regularly. And knowing that it can make you healthier and fitter is good reason to keep walking – it’s a smart move.

12 Ideas For Easy Healthy Snacks On The Go

It isn’t meals that most people struggle with when they want to lose weight? It’s what goes on between their meals.

Nutritionists agree that what we snack on between meals can make the difference between weight loss success and failure.

Why? Because it’s all too easy to reach for unhealthy snacks. They are around us everywhere we look. At the petrol station counter, at shop checkouts, in our fridge, in our drawers and cupboards, and even in our secret drawers and cupboards!

Unhealthy snacking can lead to binge eating, because most of the snack foods that are readily available don’t satisfy us nutritionally and leave us wanting more.

Snacking on the wrong things doesn’t make us fat overnight, but over time, consuming extra calories from crisps, soft drinks, chocolate, sweets, and pastries can lead to weight gain, and an increase in body fat percentage.

The risk of being overweight is greater chance of life threatening diseases including heart disease and cancer, and generally a poorer standard of living.

The goods news? There are plenty of healthy snacks you can enjoy between meals, and they can make you feel satisfied until your next meal.

When you snack healthy you will have greater chance of sticking to your daily calorie allowance, and you will feel better too by eating more nutritionally-dense food.

Here are some healthy snack ideas you can dive into immediately:

  • 1 apple or pear, 15 almonds
  • 1 cup of carrot, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing as a dip
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries/blueberries/apple/grapes
  • 1 Vi Nutra Cookie
  • 4 celery sticks, 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 12 wholemeal pitta chips, 3 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 sliced apple, 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 sticks mozzarella cheese strings
  • 1 cheese stick, 1 small apple
  • 2 slices turkey meat, 1 slice Swiss cheese
  • 4 oz tuna, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 pack Vi Bites

Recognise you are going to snack – and prepare for it!

Stock up on the ingredients to make your favourite healthy snacks, and take them with you to school, or work so you are prepared for those snack attacks as and when they happen.

Don’t be ashamed about snacking. Snacking between meals on the right things can help you to reach your weight goals faster, and make your calorie controlled diet easier to stick to.

What is your favourite healthy snack? Let us know in the reply section below.

Please share this post if you found it useful.