I am in my 80th year but have always been active, walking, running, keep fit classes, gardening and dancing.
Eight years ago, my husband and I move to Portishead to be near our eldest son and his family. Since coming here I have joined three yoga classes and a Le Roc Dancing Club but still felt that I lacked a challenge.
Having met Ben, read his book and found out what he had done, both personally and to help others I felt that I was not doing enough and so the 401 Virtual Challenge was a brilliant opportunity to test myself.
At first, I was nervous but with the help of an activity watch and encouragement from my husband and family I soon found myself checking my progress each day and telling myself that I had to do more.
I soon felt the benefit, both physically and mentally and then with the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic it became a lifeline. Here was a reason to get out and not hunker down selfishly. We have kept up the effort to get out and take exercise and, in the process, have discovered more about the wonderful area we live in and have maintained our fitness and health while supporting a truly worthwhile cause. It is really a win-win situation.
I would encourage anyone, of whatever age to get involved. At times like this it is good to think of others, get involved in something positive and forget about the negative. Don’t be put off by the wonderful achievements of others. Be inspired. Set achievable targets and then increase them and enjoy the fact that you are doing more, getting better and being part of a great event.
If you want to join Jean and take part in one of our Virtual USA Challenge missions, you can register HERE, where will your adventure take you?