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.

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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.

Get Fit Nottingham Walkers Burn 2,126,604 Calories

Get Fit Nottingham Infographic

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.

* Source: JSNA
** Source: HMT Budget 2016