When Hugh first began his new routine, he was primarily focused on achieving his daily step target to earn points. Kickstarting a proactive approach to exercise stoked a fire in him though, and soon he wanted to do even more.
“Getting my Active Benefit each week was great, but I was inspired to take my fitness further,” Hugh explains. “I did some research and found out how much exercise people my age should be doing, leading me to incorporate a form of high intensity exercise into my program. I always liked running, so I set a goal to run six kilometres a few times a week.”
It took him time to build up the capacity to hit his target, but Hugh never gave up. He logged his progress, invested in running gear and added on a little more distance each time he ran. As the weeks passed, he finally accomplished his goal to run six kilometres – all while enjoying the positive effects on both his physical and mental health.
“Running was difficult at the start, but after persevering and starting to lose weight, it became easier to make it a habit,” Hugh says.
“I ended up running about once a day and after nine months I had lost about 25 kilos. I had to buy new clothes that were three sizes smaller and stopped having to worry about taking up more than one seat on public transport. My friends and family noticed too, and they started joking that I was Benjamin Button – I looked younger every time I saw them. The same was reflected in my AIA Vitality Age – I’m now a year younger than my actual age. The feedback and compliments I received inspired me to keep going with my routine, and I felt more confident and assured in myself.”