What Inspires You?

By EssentialsMAG fitness contributor LEE EASON

This month’s article is more of a personal topic for me, expressing why I feel the need to keep active and what it is that drives me to keep this going against all the odds.

As a teenager, I used to eat as a comfort due to a broken household in which my father was not around. I am sure there are plenty of people who can relate to this in some way by using food as a distraction or a means of escape.

In my teens I struggled to keep my weight down, and using food as my comfort was not the best idea.

I decided to make a change at the age of 16, and I applied to join the British Army. This was a step in the right direction to change my life, not only physically but mentally too. At 17 I had completed basic training, officially becoming a Sapper (the Royal Engineers’ equivalent to a Private).

This then shaped me to have my ‘never give up’ attitude, regardless of the difficulties I’d faced. And of course, there will be hurdles, especially the weather, injuries, family commitments and the all-important time!

For me the drive now is to set an example for my kids to follow and by paving the way for them in whatever they aspire to do. Getting them involved in exercise is a great way to not only bond with them, but also keep them active and in shape, as I have realised it has a knock-on effect to many other achievements.

In 2017/18, approximately 12.8% of children aged 4-5 years were overweight and 9.5% were obese.*

A great workout to do at home, search Joe Wicks, the Body Coach on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1. Joe has tailored his workouts for you to do with children, who have also been involved in making most of the videos.

I managed to grab some of Joe’s time and get his take on why he has made it his mission to get people more active...

“I believe that the most important thing is getting together as a family, being active whether it is going for a walk in the park or on a bike ride is amazing, it brings you together. It can help with mental health, anxiety and general happiness of the household, so try and get out as much as you can, and really encourage each other; you can inspire the children and they can inspire you.”

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

* Statistic taken from the Nuffield Trust

EssentialsMAG fitness contributor is Lee Eason leeeason@hotmail.co.uk

Victoria Lee