Jonathan's story

Find out how Jonathan finds time in his busy day to look after his physical and mental health.

I have taken on more responsibility over the past few years. As well as working for the prison service I have had a child and set up two businesses, so I have had to manage my time differently.

I have been active for as long as I can remember. My parents always encouraged me to take part in sports, I always played outside with friends and this has continued throughout my life. It is a great habit to have.

Personally, I train daily. I mix it up with strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I make sure that no matter how busy I am I make time to train, booking time in my diary and if I have a very busy day, I make sure I get up early to get my workouts in.

If I miss a workout I am not as productive, I don’t feel the same, I don’t always have the same mindset and I don’t feel as fit or as healthy. I also miss training with friends, and I miss learning new things.

I work as a physical training instructor within the prison service and I own two businesses that promote active lives. Mapplewell Health and Wellbeing is directly involved with members of our local community to improve their health and wellbeing through fitness and rehabilitation. Community Health and Wellbeing aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people on a global scale online and through affiliation scheme. The classes I take online and in person all add up!

Recently, I have started to take Sundays off work to spend with my family. We normally go for a long walk or hike in the hills. I ensure that time is ALWAYS available in my schedule for me and my family. This benefits me physically and mentally.

I understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I am much more productive at work if I train, I look and feel physically fitter, my mindset is way more positive and it helps me to inspire others to become physically active too.

Take some time out of your daily schedule to start. Find something that interests you, that you have a passion for, that you enjoy doing and pursue it.

We spend so much money on our cars being looked after, boilers being serviced, we spend money on flash new phones, new gadgets etc. All are replaceable. You only have one body and you really have to look after it. Invest in yourself by becoming more active and by learning something new.

It’s the start that stops most people.