Betty hasn’t always been the positive and confident person that we see today. Being more active has taken Betty on a remarkable journey of empowerment, achievement and personal success. In 2014 Betty was very overweight. She was unhealthy and struggling with a number of other health issues.
James - 10-minute motivations
‘I’m motivated to exercise because I feel the benefits in a very clear and positive way.’By James, 49, from Woolton
When a back injury playing squash highlighted a family history of arthritis, James was advised by a physiotherapist to do low impact sports which would help him stay fit without putting a strain his joints.
Now 49, James has maintained a regular routine combining both swimming and cycling, although he admits long hours in his job as a teacher can make fitting it all in difficult.
“Finding time can be difficult. Sometimes when I go cycling it can be a full day out, but with swimming the best time for me is straight after school if I’m free - I go to a sports center for adult swimming sessions once or twice a week.”
James says looking around to find what’s available has helped him incorporate activity into his busy routine and even increase it. He’s added a new regime this year for when he’s not able to get out cycling or swimming.
“I have an app on my smart phone which lets me do 7-minute workouts at home so I do that in the evenings, usually around 8.30pm-9pm, when I finish marking or if I’m in the middle of a series of books and I need a burst of energy to keep me going.”
“I recommend everyone to start small and do what you can, be creative with the time you’ve got rather than complaining about not having enough time.”