Here’s Cheryl, 44 from Birmingham. This is her Run Birmingham story:
“I volunteer for the Real Junk Food Project here in Birmingham and that got me thinking about my health and wellbeing. I was focusing on what I was eating but I couldn’t remember the last time I did any exercise.
“Having four children and three grandchildren, I felt that I was not finding enough time in the day for me, never mind exercising.
“Now that the children and grandchildren are getting older, I decided to make a change and make time for exercise. My main goal was to lose a little bit of weight and tone up my mummy tummy.
“When my grandchildren’s school held a ‘couch to 5k’ programme I decided that this was the goal I needed to work towards! I was so proud of myself for doing it and have been running with Run Birmingham ever since.
“Joining the ‘5k group’ is the best decision I’ve ever made and I have achieved so much. I’ve lost weight, I’m fitter now than I’ve ever been and I have even completed a half marathon. I can now say that I enjoy running. That’s something I never thought I would say.
“I keep running because of the other people in my group. They are so inspirational. I’ve never really been much of a fan of exercise but running as a group is different. It gives you the push you need and you feel better after every single run.”
Inspired by Cheryl’s story? Find an activity to suit you. Go to https://theaws.co.uk/activities/ and load up which day and type of exercise that suits you and find your nearest group: