Feels good to feel fit
Exercise is hard work, it's time-consuming and your body aches - so why bother?
During the next four weeks we will be asking some of Executive Committee to share their thoughts about this year's Activity Challenge.
John Stewart, Director of Human Resources, was first up and this is what he had to say:-
1. What do you enjoy most about being active?
I love the feeling of achievement and reaching a goal or getting things done. I’ve got into trying to exercise most mornings and I find it sets me up really well for the day ahead.
2. What are you looking forward to most about this year’s activity challenge?
I’m good when I set myself a target to work towards so having a simple target to go for is really good. I’m quite competitive!
3. And what are you not looking forward to!?
The really busy days when I’m travelling or in a lot of meetings and don’t hit the target early on, and have to do some conscious activity late in the day!
4. How do you fit in being active into your busy lifestyle?
I tend to have a routine, and believe you need to find time for things that are important, so I’m up early and exercising during the week. At the weekend I try to have set activities whether cycling, playing tennis or walking the dog.
5. What does being fit and healthy mean to you?
I feel better, I’m happier with myself, I have more energy and I feel like I’m getting a good balance. All of these are really important to me when I’m busy.
6. What message or tips do you have for those taking part in this year’s activity challenge?
Try to get into the routine of hitting the target. Simple things like doing a walking meeting, getting out for a walk at lunchtime, walking short distances rather than jumping in the car can all really help.
Thank you John for your time and good luck hitting your targets, hopefully as early on in the day as possible!