Paul didn't realise how important being active was until his son was born and he had the responsibility of a young family to look after. Now at 38, he's feeling happier and more fulfilled than ever and can run around with his children without getting out of breath.
“Being active has also given me confidence and inspired my daughter also.”By Dan, 58, from Mossley Hill
Diagnosed with diabetes, Dan was adamant he didn’t want to live the rest of his life on medication. But he also knew that, to achieve his goal, he needed to lose weight and get active.
“Being active for me is a constant thing; it’s something I want to do and, as I get better I realise I want to do more.”
More recently Dan has added the gym to his regime: “I started off doing three minutes on the rowing machine and three minutes on the cycle and then built it up. When I go now I try to do 10 minutes at least on each, achieving about 40 minutes now three times a week.
“But I don’t beat myself up if I don’t manage to do it. Time can be an issue but if I slip, it’s not a failure, I just start back again.
“I try to be active every day in some way, even if it’s doing the household chores or the gardening. For instance, if I walk to the station, that’s 10 minutes either way. It doesn’t have to be the gym, mowing the lawn or the climbing the stairs count too. Also, when I don’t have a lot of time I do stomach exercises when I get up in the morning.
“I started doing the Swimathon Challenge with my 15-year-old daughter, raising money for Marie Curie. That’s a great motivator, and it’s lovely to do something with her and spend time together.
“I’m a great believer in small steps too, once you take the first step, the second is easier.”