“I walk because it gives me the energy to have fun with my family.”

By Paul, 38, from Old Swan, Liverpool

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.  

When Paul’s weight hit 20st, he realised he wasn’t really living the type of life he had always imagined. A combination of not eating right and drinking a bit too much meant that when his son Joseph started walking, he struggled to keep up.

Paul knew he had to make a change but the idea of going to the gym didn’t feel quite right for him, he wasn’t really sure what he’d do when he got there and definitely didn’t want to go by himself.

So he put his shoes on and went down to Doric Park, a small park near where he lives, and started walking. When Paul first started he couldn’t walk round without getting out of breath but over this became easier and he could walk further.

This led to him to take the plunge and go to the gym with a friend. He began by walking on a treadmill for a few minutes at a time. Each week he did a little bit more, started walking a little further until he felt confident enough to try jogging.  

Paul then set himself the challenge of running a marathon, which gave him a goal to work towards and really helped him stay motivated until he eventually completed his goal 10 months later by completing Liverpool Marathon.

Being active has completely changed Paul’s life, he now feels a lot better about himself both at home and work. He’s more alert, more productive and more energised, which really helps him enjoy the time he spends with his wife and children.

Since Paul started being active he’s made new friends and tried all sorts of stuff he’d never have dreamt of doing at the start of his journey. He’s joined a walking club, runs regularly, helps out at his local boxing gym and has completed the Liverpool marathon. Paul now feels on top the world, he’s even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!

Paul’s Advice:

“I hadn’t really noticed how out of shape I was and I didn’t realise how being active could affect other parts of my life. My advice to people thinking being active isn’t for them would be to give it a try. It will make a difference not only in your life but to the people around you and even the people you haven't met yet.   I feel like I’m the person I should have been in my twenties and I’m now looking forward to my forties (as much as you can) knowing I am a better father and husband.”