"I was diagnosed with asthma in 2000 and have been on various different types of medication over the years to manage the symptoms. Then two years ago I went for a health check through work and they said that my BMI (body mass index) was too high. I was 15 stone 6 at the time. The doctor said to me that if I lost a stone I would notice a real difference. He told me to open my front door and go for a 15-minute walk every day and it was brilliant advice."
Little and often
"I started off doing 15-minute gentle walks, then I was getting faster and going for a bit longer. I couldn't believe the difference it made. I found that walking would trigger the same positive mood I used to get after cycling in my younger days. My lungs felt as though they were working so much better and I felt lighter."
Why I love walking
"You don't need any equipment. It doesn't cost anything. It doesn't take up too much time. But it's amazing how a simple thing can make such a huge difference to how you're feeling."
"With my diet, I try to eat lots of fruit, vegetables and basic foods and avoid snacking in between meals. I've lost over a stone and when I went back to see my consultant he was amazed at how well I'm doing."
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Last updated August 2015