My daily walks are now sacrosanct

19 February 2021

BetterPoints user Ian tells us his story

Whilst Ian had been fairly active throughout his life, working from home during lockdown was putting this under threat.

Here is what he said about how using the BetterPoints app and joining Get Active Arbroath changed things for the better:

“Before joining Get Active Arbroath I was doing the occasional cycle or walk. Now I am getting some activity in every day. The challenge has provided that added incentive to exercise more frequently.

I really like how the app can track my journeys. Being able to log the activity I am doing, to see where I have been and how far I have gone, provides that extra motivation. It is always a pleasant surprise to be told I have done a 3 mile walk without even realising!

How has the app motivated you during lockdown?

Joining Get Active Arbroath convinced me to block out time every day to take a walk. It has encouraged me to use my bike more too. I have been working from home during lockdown and there would be times at the start when I wouldn’t have a break throughout the day. The app has served as a reminder to get some fresh air and stretch my legs, rather than just sitting at my desk. I now have a daily one-hour walk slot in my calendar and I make sure that time is sacrosanct. The extreme weather recently hasn’t put me off. The snow has been rather beautiful. I just wrap up warm and get out there!

I then asked Ian what benefits he had noticed now he is more active:

I have lost a little bit of weight which is great. Although, I feel the main benefit has been that it allows me to clear my head, to take stock of the difficult situation we are all in. I always return home after exercise feeling refreshed. It has got me into podcasts as well. I love walking down Carnoustie beach at lunchtime listening to an inspirational podcast!” - Ian R, Carnoustie

Big thanks to Ian for sharing his story with the BetterPoints community. We are very proud to work for a company that makes such a difference in people's lives. He has been chosen to be our first ‘Active Arbroath Star’.

The colder months are tough to stay motivated and be active. We want more users like Ian to share their story, so we are offering you a chance to win 25,000 BetterPoints too. Just look out for an invitation to share your story in the coming weeks.