Exercise for Health: December round-up

Exercise for Health: December round-up

Date: 7 January 2022 | By: paul

Our Exercise for Health Group is an exercise group with inclusivity at the forefront. We welcome all who would like to join, regardless of fitness level, and this can all be done from the comfort of your own living room!  

In the past year, the group has evolved, moving to primarily online-based, with activities now including static bikes, rowing machines and even exercise regimes as well as walking. We combine the distances we accumulate through exercising and add it to the group total. You can take a look at how we calculate our miles here 

The group total this month contributed to a journey across the Silk Road, a 4,000 mile network of trading routes that connects the East and West, and has been used since the 2nd century. Some of the landmarks seen on this trail are Crescent Spring and the Echo Sand Mountains. As we progress through these challenges, our group provides updates at each milestone along the trail and what can be found there. In many ways, it’s a geography and history lesson combined with keeping fit!  

Another landmark that we passed on route through the Silk Road trail is Turpan, also known as Huo Zhou, which is said to mean ‘a place as hot as fire’. It is an olive-shaped intermountain basin known for the Flaming Mountain, which is the hottest place in China. Also found along the trail is Emin Minaret, the largest Islamic tower in Xinjiang. 

Additionally, in December, we held our annual Christmas walk for people involved with the charity, kidney patients and their families to have the chance to get out in the fresh air and connect with those sharing similar experiences to them.  

Exercise for Health Leader, and peer mentor, Geraint John said:  

“December was a fantastic month for the Exercise for Health Group. There was an absolutely tremendous response from everyone involved, going above and beyond any expectations that we had.  

“We have completed some fascinating walks during 2021, learning about the area as we go. I’d like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to Andrea, for organising and calculating the miles for the Silk Road challenge. We are beginning 2022 by undertaking our biggest challenge by far, The Great Wall of China. We’re always looking for new members, it's never too late to get involved.”  

To find out more or to join the group, contact our Exercise for Health Leader, Geraint John on email Alternatively, you can call The Paul Popham Fund on 0333 200 1285 or email