Introducing Simon, one of our Active Together Champions!
Over lockdown I took part in couch to 5k. I previously did no exercise and I've also completed the Great North Run Solo raising money for the NHS and Loros. I exercise with others virtually as I am part of a WhatsApp group, I am also using Strava and Instagram. During COVID-19 exercise gave me motivation and mental challenges. It motivated me to get up early and run.I previously was not physically active in fact far from it. The need to improve my health was my inspiration. Over the last 3 to 4 years I had put on a lot of weight in fact so much that at 18 stone I stopped weighing myself. I tried couch to 5k many years ago but never finished the programme. I have lost almost 3 stone in weight. I can play football now with my 13-year-old. I have been hill walking without loss of breath. My whole life and health has improved. Also, apparently, I snore less!!
If you liked Simon's story and want to find out more about being active, visit Active Together
My advice if you're thinking of getting more active:
Start with simple goals like a #couchto5k and buy a pair of trainers or running shoes. They don't have to be expensive. Don't be afraid to repeat a session or a week however try your hardest to complete each session.