Arlene Bowmaker

Arlene Bowmaker

As a keen Nordic walker and leader of Nordic Walking groups I am always looking for ways to inspire and maintain motivation, particularly on those cold dark winter nights when the sofa can seem like the more attractive option.

What a joy it was to discover the World Walking app. As a well renowned technophobe it was reassuring to know I didn’t need to be a computer whizz to operate it and if I had any questions  there was someone friendly on the other end of the telephone to chat through my queries.

Choosing where to walk is great fun, as a group it sparked discussion about where people had travelled to or where they had always dreamed of going.

One group decided on the Camino d’Santiago, the deciding factor not anything spiritual but the thought of a night of Spanish tapas when we finish the walk!

The other group decided on a stroll through the Tuscan Hills with a pizza night on completion.

Some walkers have registered as group members  and add their own mileage both from our walk night and any additional mileage they do.  Others are quite content for me as group leader to add their mileage to the overall total.

Not only are we getting physically fitter, our geography and historical knowledge has benefited, not to mention brushing up on language skills!

I would definitely recommend using this app, whether as a sole walker or as part of a group, real or virtual, you can have lots of fun, expand your horizons and get fit.

Chartered Physiotherapist // lifefitwellness.co.uk

Dan Malin

Dan Malin

As a fundraising team, we thought it’d be brilliant if we could get our supporters to come together to do one lap of the world – which is roughly 25,000 miles. The thinking behind it being that the patients, families, friends, loved ones, nurses and volunteers here at the Hospice go to the end of the Earth for the people they love and that access our support, so we thought we’d try and go to the end of the Earth for them. The problem we quickly encountered is that we couldn’t find one central, remotely accessible place for all of our supporters to register and record the steps they take in their daily lives, which would all count towards a wider group target.

World Walking changed that for us. Their format couldn’t have been more suitable for our needs and, frankly, without it we wouldn’t be able to deliver the campaign. The money raised from supporters getting involved in the challenge will go directly towards funding patient care here at the Hospice and we wouldn’t have been able to raise a penny of it without World Walking.

It’s a fantastic, community-focused website which has enabled us to raise vital funds in new and innovative ways

Digital Media & PR Specialist Mary Stevens Hospice // marystevenshospice.co.uk

Dr Andrew Murray

Dr Andrew Murray

THE biggest public health challenge of the 21st Century is convincing ourselves, and others to be active and stay active. I know as a GP that walking 30 minutes 5 times per week or equivalent adds 7 years to life expectancy, and has a massive positive impact on physical and mental health.  World Walking/ The Inverclyde Globetrotters  provide an amazingly fun and easy way to achieve getting healthier, and being happier through walking, and I'll be taking part in their challenges for many years to come!

Physical Activity advisor Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, GP and Sports Medicine Doctor and Endurance athlete // docandrewmurray.com

Freda Lydon

Freda Lydon

We love World Walking. It motivates the whole family to walk. We have done many walks, all lost weight and all feel better for it. We all got Fitbits a year ago and love how it automatically syncs our steps to World Walking.

We have also recruited many friends to World Walking.

I can't believe I am approaching a personal step total of 10 million since joining. I feel very proud of my achievement. By the way I'm 64.

Our family all live in the Manchester/Liverpool region in UK. My husband and I moved to Denia in Spain 3 years ago from Chester and we average about 75 to 100 kilometers a week or 10 kilometers every single day. 

In the first year of using World Walking my husband and I were able to come off blood pressure medication and in our first year in Spain we were both able to come off asthma medication.

We have also visited some of the virtual milestones we have reached on World Walking; in Mexico, China, and Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

Intrepid World Walker

Gill Furze

Gill Furze

World Walking is amazing – give it a go!

In my work I’ve long known of the importance of motivating people to be more active – it is vital for living longer lives and reducing the impact of heart disease. I’ve also known how difficult this can be – not just to motivate patients, but also to motivate myself to find time to be active in my (very sedentary) job. I’ve tracked my steps for a few years now, with fair success in maintaining a reasonable activity level. Then I discovered World Walking!

Louise Jopling, Honorary Secretary of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and Duncan (from World Walking) proposed that BACPR should join in the Heart and Sole Challenge – to walk the world to raise awareness of the importance of cardiovascular rehabilitation. I joined in partly out of duty (I was President of BACPR) but I was not really convinced it would make much difference to my exercise habits, as I was already doing what I should. After a few days I was amazed at how motivating I found World Walking for my own exercise. It is now fully part of my day – I can’t wait to see how far I have gone on my own walks or how I have helped out in group walks. The detail about the different milestones on the virtual walks is really interesting and I’m motivated to go that little bit extra to get closer to the next one.

World Walking is a great site for anyone, with lots of different virtual walks to choose from, whether you just want to maintain or improve your fitness or whether you need support to improve health after an illness –for example, people taking part in cardiac rehabilitation can use World Walking to help keep up their activity levels in between classes. It’s as good for solo walkers as it is for groups, such as those wanting to raise money for their chosen charity. You can use World Walking with your own activity device (such as a pedometer) or download the World Walking App so that your smart phone can track your walks, give you more encouragement and link you with others in your group. And the biggest bonus is that World Walking is FREE!

I really do encourage you to give World Walking a try!

Well, must go – I’m (virtually) walking through Tuscany and one of my favourite cities (Pisa) is my next milestone.

Professor of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Immediate Past President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) // coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/researchers/gill-furze

Ian Findlay

Ian Findlay

With World Walking, the Inverclyde Globetrotters have created a resource that shares their passion for walking not only with the rest of Scotland but the rest of the world as well. By supporting and motivating people to walk more, World Walking is positively impacting on the nation’s health and wellbeing. This is a fantastic achievement and Paths for All look forward to supporting World Walking and the Inverclyde Globetrotters in the future.

Paths for All Chief Officer // pathsforall.org.uk

Kara Lubin

Kara Lubin

I stumbled upon World Walking quite by accident and loved it immediately. After reaching out to World Walking, The 100 Mile Club® embraced it wholeheartedly. What a spectacular way to get moving and learn about our world! The World Walking App and website have been so much fun for our kids and schools who have discovered the magic of touring the globe while journeying to 100 miles. Its simplicity and ease of integration into curricula make it relevant to all ages.  This January, our kids (and the world!) will utilise the magic of the World Walking App and website to virtually walk and run alongside the Race Across USA Core Team as they run across North America! 

Thank you World Walking for an incredible, worldwide partnership. We think you are amazing!

CEO/Founder, 100 Mile Club® // 100mileclub.com

Louise Martin CBE

Louise Martin CBE

Walking is a particular passion of mine so I am honoured and excited to become the Patron of the Heart & Sole 2015 Challenge. Remaining physically active after a heart event can be vital and I am proud that I have the opportunity to highlight this fact and help spread the message as far and wide as possible.

Making physical activity a part of your daily life is so important to overall well-being.  Here in Scotland we are so fortunate to have incredible scenery right on our doorstep so what better way to make the most of it, while increasing your activity levels, than by walking?  The idea of a virtual walk around the world is a great way of making it fun too so I would urge you all to get involved.

Chair of sportscotland // sportscotland.org.uk

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont

The Inverclyde Globetrotters are a wonderful example of regular and sociable exercise, that is making a positive impact on individuals as well as inspiring many others.  They have walked the equivalent of around the world and to the moon so far, which is some very determined virtual travelling!

broadcaster, adventurer, author and speaker // markbeaumontonline.com

Maurice Donohue

Maurice Donohue

Walking does as much for your mind as it does your body.  Going out for a walk, can make such a positive impact on your physical and mental well-being.  World Walking continues to attract members to join in on an incredible journey around the globe and get people to take their first steps to “WALK”: W – Well-being. A –  Adventure, L –   Lifestyle, K –  Kinship

World Walking follows the pathway to total inclusion as well as having fun along the way!

Get Active Programme Manager, Scottish Association for Mental Health // samh.org.uk/home.aspx

Parklea Branching Out

Parklea Branching Out

Parklea Branching Out is a charity on the banks of the River Clyde in Port Glasgow, Scotland. We support individuals with learning and physical disabilities to develop transferable skills and to reach their full potential.

The World Walking website is an inspirational tool, which helps to motivate our clients, volunteers, staff and customers to get out there to “Walk ‘n’ Talk!”

Many of our Art & Horticulture clients, have never had the opportunity to explore outside of Scotland: through using World Walking we can support them to investigate other countries and cultures.

We have just started (October 2015), our second walk with World Walking, from Parklea Branching Out to Quirindi in Australia – 31,687,545 Steps! We will be ‘visiting’ many countries on the way!

In the coming months we will go out to our local community and businesses to ask them to support us on our journey by joining our Walk to Quirindi.  

World walking is keeping us all healthy and in touch with others and ourselves!

Susan Steell, Active Options Co-ordinator // parkleaassociation.org.uk

Prof. Frank Dunn

Prof. Frank Dunn

Walking is a big part of my life. I usually start the day with a 30 minute walk to prepare for the challenges ahead and to get a morning paper. I find this helps my concentration and decision making.  I also enjoy the exercise that golf brings. As a consultant cardiologist, I know that walking is one of the best things I can advise my patients to take part in, for its benefits on the heart, as well as for physical and mental wellbeing.

It is most impressive what the Inverclyde Globetrotters and World Walking have achieved, promoting a strong message and helping people to be active in Glasgow, in Scotland and indeed internationally. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow are keen to promote World Walking to our members and more widely.

President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and Consultant Cardiologist // rcpsg.ac.uk

Richard Foggo

Richard Foggo

I am genuinely delighted to support World Walking.  It is exactly the kind of action we need to get Scotland sitting less and moving more.  We know that Scots need to get more active and that walking is the best way we have of getting the least active up and moving.  If we can make it fun and engaging all the better.  Thanks to World Walking and the Inverclyde Globetrotters.

Head of Active Scotland Division, Scottish Government @richardfoggo // scotland.gov.uk/Topics/ArtsCultureSport/Sport/Outcomes-Framework

Shona Thomson

Shona Thomson

I am thrilled to support World Walking. The benefits of exercise are enormous both physically and mentally. Walking is one of those activities that offers something for everyone from a family stroll in the park to summiting peaks. After just ten minutes of being out in the fresh air, you'll feel the benefits! I would fully recommend signing up for one of the challenges!

Runner, Mentor, Speaker and the first Scottish and third British female to run a marathon on every continent // slowtwitch.co.uk