Claire from Blaby
In 2014, Claire was asked by a work colleague to join her beginner running group. She joined in and with the guidance and motivation from the run leader, she developed a new passion. This new outlet has seen Claire make new friends and helped her through some challenging times.
Even in the most difficult times of supporting her daughter through recovery from an eating disorder, she was able to run. Her running buddy become her therapist and her daughter made her stronger, and whilst she has made a full recovery, it really did put things into perspective for Claire.
Claire is also an intensive care nurse and uses physical activity on her day's off to switch off from the emotional challenge of each day. Claire now actively prioritises mental health issues at work and encourages her colleagues to be active and practice self-care.
Claire has also developed a new love for open-water swimming, and wants to encourage others to leave their comfort zone and try something new!
Find out more about Claire
Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?
I'd have to say Bryony Gordon as she has overcome an addiction and celebrates body positivity.
What is your favourite place to be active and why?
My favourite place to be active is along the canal pathways in south Leicester and down in south Devon on holidays.
What is your one top tip for others looking to be more active?
My one top tip for others in being more active is don't overthink it, just get out there! The hardest part is getting out the door, plan it and do it.
For you, what is the best by-product of being active?
The best by-product of being active for me is the buzz you get after exercise - it gives me more energy.