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.
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.
Congratulations to Edward Kendal for being our Urban Walker of the Month. He walked 34 miles with us in June 2018, which was 4 miles more than the next best walker Harpreet. Well done Edward you’re inspiring us all to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Keep it up!
May 2018 is National Walking Month and to celebrate Get Fit Nottingham is providing guided walks throughout the month to suit people of all walking abilities from absolute beginners through to more experienced walkers.
Walking is one of the best exercises for mind, body, and spirit. Not only are there proven health benefits for the body associated with walking, there are also the mental benefits of being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, and the social aspect of chatting to fellow walkers.
If you’re feeling competitive with your step target coming on our walks is a perfect way to get ahead of your friends and colleagues, plus with our carefully planned routes you might even discover areas of Nottingham you’ve never been to before!
National Walking Month perfectly aligns with the mission of Get Fit Nottingham to get people in Nottingham fit and healthy by walking in the city centre area, and surrounding suburbs.
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”.
We have a full lineup of fitness walks in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire planned for 2018. If you want to improve your fitness, lose weight, or become more healthy we would love for you to walk with our friendly group of urban walkers. Together we can get Nottingham fit again!
Check out our latest poster for full details (click for full size printable):
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.