As an SEN parent, finding the time and motivation to get active has proven a tough task for Hailey. However, with the encouragement of the Get Active in Ebbsfleet challenge she has taken to regular walking. It has brought many benefits that she cannot do without. Here is what she had to say:

How often were you getting physically active before you came across the Get Active in Ebbsfleet challenge?

“I’ve always led a busy life, but I never used to take time out to get active and clear my head.

I’m a parent with special educational needs children, which makes it challenging to take care of my own health as I have a lot of responsibilities.

To address this I started going on daily walks with my friend, who recommended the BetterPoints app.”

How has using the BetterPoints app helped you to get active? What do you like about it?

“Using it has encouraged me to make time for myself. I’m getting out in the fresh air and going for walks to escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Simply put I like the fact that you can collect rewards for walking. The incentive to earn points helps make getting active feel worthwhile.

I find if I don’t get out and walk my mental health and wellbeing takes a massive dip. The app provides the daily reminder and motivation I need.”

How have your levels of activity changed (if at all)?

“I will walk almost everywhere now, and try to avoid using the car or catching lifts from people.

I tend to walk with a friend every day to the neighbouring town, which is about 30 minutes there and back.

It used to be a big effort to get active or find the time to do so, but now I’m doing it at least 6 days a week.

I just love walking. It lifts my mood completely.”

What benefits have you noticed as a result?

“I feel a lot more confident about myself. My friend and I will bump into new people on our walks and I will greet them rather than just put my head to the ground. As someone who has suffered from anxiety, this is a big step.

I have sciatica and the impact of not walking is really noticeable, I experience a lot of pain. The extra walking has improved the condition massively.”

Big thanks to Hailey for sharing her story with the BetterPoints community. She is our latest ‘Get Active Star’, and we would love more participants to share their story, so we are offering you a chance to win 25,000 BetterPoints too. Just look out for an invitation to share your story in the coming weeks.

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