Well Together inspiration from ICAS Member Katherine Ritchie CA
Well Together participant Katherine Ritchie CA shares her ideas, insights and inspiration for getting outdoors and staying active.
I’m Katherine Ritchie CA. I live in central London and work for Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA, a Novartis company). Normally I work at one of our 18 production sites but have been working from home since March 2020 due to COVID-19. I’m also a Committee member of the ICAS London Area Network and Members Board.
How do you like to get outdoors, keep fit and stay active?
I love swimming, walking and running. For running my friends and I like to book races to motivate us to train and to see new places. Last year I had a place in the Edinburgh half marathon, but as it was cancelled I decided to do a half marathon in London – I missed running with a group, and the water stations!
Tell us about your favourite place to exercise.
Would usually be a swimming pool but during lockdown I’ve really enjoyed exploring the Thames Path and admiring the London architecture.
What inspires you to get outdoors, keep fit and stay active?
I find physical exercise has a positive impact on my wellbeing, relieves stress and helps me sleep better. Getting outside for a walk or run also means no screen time, which is much appreciated during lockdown.
How do you fit exercise around your work/family schedule?
Usually I like to start the day with exercise, otherwise it’s easy for me to find an excuse to avoid it throughout the day.
Has the way you exercise changed during COVID-19/lockdown?
I walk a lot more. I used to swim early in the morning and because I was booking my pool sessions I was motivated to wake up and get out of bed. I now typically go for a walk at the end of the day. At the weekend, having a daily walk with a friend (following COVID restrictions) is always a highlight. Hopefully we'll continue to combine socialising with walking post-lockdown.
Do you have any fitness hints and tips to encourage and inspire others?
Buddying up to do exercise makes its more enjoyable and sociable. If going alone I recommend picking a podcast to listen to on a walk / run – helps me to forget that I am working out.
If lockdown wasn’t a thing, where in the world would you like to go for a run, wheel, walk, cycle or swim?
I would do a combination of those things along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. Looking forward to being able to travel again!
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