How the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is Helping the UK Become More Active

In our recent blog post, Is the Nation becoming More Active?, we discussed how the UK Government is targeting funding at specific groups which encourage people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Although this strategy is already showing positive results with record numbers taking part in some form of physical activity, there are still many people who are classed as physically inactive and, therefore, more likely to suffer chronic ill health associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Gov.UK statistics published in January 2019 stated that 25% of adults in England were still physically inactive. Similar inactivity percentages were also found in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Furthermore, when you look at particular population groups in the whole of the UK this inactivity rises to 40%, which is a very worrying statistic indeed.

Many people who do not exercise will have a long list of why they don’t do any exercise, but one reason that frequently comes up is that it’s boring. As with any activity, if it feels boring it won’t be enjoyable and will be impossible to continue to do it on a regular basis. The key is to find some form of exercise that is enjoyable and that becomes routine, so much so that it becomes habitual.

Possibly even better for the physically inactive would be if the activity doesn’t even look or feel like exercise. Take walking for instance; the easiest and simplest form of exercise. All that is needed is a comfortable pair of trainers and a space to walk in. Start slowly and build up speed to a brisk pace increasing the length of the walk over time. Go further afield and explore urban walks in towns and cities, discover history in all parts of the UK along the many heritage trails or just find an interesting place in the countryside with a network of footpaths. As you take in the culture and architecture of a town or city, or become absorbed in the history of a place or the beautiful scenery of the countryside you will not realise that you have been exercising.

But what about taking this further? How about enjoying the countryside and learning a skill at the same time? One of our clients is the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) which “is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside”.

The NNAS runs courses teaching land based navigation from very basic skills right up to expert and then on to tutor level. One of their courses, the Outdoor Discovery Award (ODA), is designed for beginners of all ages who want to learn the basics skills of land navigation using street maps giving them confidence to explore the countryside on foot.

Or consider the NNAS’s Navigator Award? Again the purpose of this award is to teach navigational skills to anyone who loves to explore the footpaths and bridleways of the countryside, including the hills and mountains, in the UK and abroad, irrespective of their age and fitness levels. No experience with a map and compass is necessary to get going.

So, if you enjoy walking but feel you would like to roam the countryside with a bit more purpose maybe taking a land navigational course with the NNAS is for you?

tahdah provides the software infrastructure that underpins NNAS’s management of course providers and their overall Candidate Management System, enabling CPD for candidates together with the verification and safeguarding features necessary to ensure the safety of participants.

NNAS Screenshot

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