I didn’t lead a healthy lifestyle during my younger years, to be honest, but when I had children I started examining the way I lived.
As a father-of-three daughters, I realised I was one of their role models, and decided it was time to get fit.
I’d never been sporty and would never have tried getting fit by running, but cycling helped me gently build up a basic level of fitness.
I started cycling from Levenshulme to Prestwich to see my parents, about seven miles each way, and it was much easier cycling there than trying to drive across town. I arrived feeling refreshed.
I then started thinking ‘maybe I should go running’ and now I love both cycling and running and feel so much better.
Cycling is second nature to me now. I pick up the bike all the time, whether to do shopping trips, or cycle with the children at the weekend.
I really think more people should start cycling. Everybody knows somebody who cycles, so ask them to take you out somewhere quiet to gain your confidence, or book yourself on a free training course.