Being more active has made a huge difference to Dola’s life. She’s gone from being on the edge of diabetes to living a healthy, active lifestyle. Now she sleeps better, has more energy and has lost weight too!
"I do activity at home because it’s a fun way to look after myself and my family.”By Naheed, 50, from Allerton
Naheed struggled with really high cholesterol until she decided to get active and change her life for the better. Now she’s reduced her cholesterol, boosted her energy levels and become a great role model for her children.
Losing her mum was a real turning point for Naheed. This made her stop and think about her life and realise that she needed to start looking after herself more and make the most out of life. She took inspiration from her family, and started going to classes, cycling and being more active at home.
The friendly competition she has with her husband in particular has been particularly good motivation for Naheed. They push each other on, go walking together and inspire one another. Being active with friends or family can be a really good way to have fun, and stay motivated.
Going to classes also gave her the opportunity to meet likeminded people whose support really encourages her to keep going and try new things. Making new friends in her local community has just been one of the many benefits she’s noticed since starting to be more active. She now feels happier, calmer and more in control of her weight.
“Being more active is something really positive that you can do to improve your own life, but the affect it can have on the people around you is also really important. I love being a role model for my children and find it really fulfilling to help other people like me get involved.”