Introducing John, one of our Active Together Champions!
I had done the NHS Couch to 5K in 2019 but stupidly stopped after I was offered an FA Cup Final ticket and I never got going again. I had always intended to start again and when we went into Lockdown I knew I needed to run again to try and stay fit so I could stay at work and support my team and I also knew I needed a reason to get out and about. I started to record short videos to share on Leicestershire Partnership Trust staff Facebook and twitter page to try and inspire people. This seemed popular and it certainly inspired a few to start exercising and it attracted the notice of the Trust and I was asked to do a Bitesize Leadership session reflecting on my journey.
I mainly run alone but I use social media to interact with others and I did the Virtual Sunrise 5K in August. I have done one socially distanced run with Gemma Ablewhite (LPTs Wellbeing Lead).Running has certainly helped reduce my stress levels and running early morning it really sets me up for the day and one days when I haven't managed a planned run I actually miss it. I wanted to stay in good health where possible. I am 56 years old and I want to stay fit as long as I can.
I love being outdoors and I feel so much more alive when I have had a run. I feel I have earned my coffee and toast when I get home. I have had a couple of times where I have had a bad back but after engaging in a session on pain from the LPT Musculoskeletal Team I know that as soon as I can I have to start again with a light run.
My advice if you are thinking of getting more active:
Just get out and do it. You can put it off, but you have to do it. Plan your run but don't beat yourself up if you can't do it, just do it as soon as you can!
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