Paul is 52. While having a routine health check he discovered that his blood pressure was higher than it should be. The nurse referred him to his GP, suggesting that it was likely the GP would prescribe tablets. Paul didn’t want to take medication and asked his GP what other alternatives were available.

Paul’s GP advised him to follow a low salt diet and to take regular exercise, something Paul admitted that he wasn’t doing. The GP advised 30 minutes of walking on 6 or 7 days per week.

Paul started walking straight away, fitting 30 minutes into his day quite easily with an occasional lazy day off, and it soon started to make a difference.

At his regular monthly check-ups Paul could see that his blood pressure was lower than the previous month. This gave him the motivation to keep going. After 6 months it was at a normal safe level.

I can’t believe what a difference it has made, I feel much better. I’m sleeping better and I’ve lost 2kg in weight. I hadn’t realised how stressed I was becoming with my job. I’m much happier all round, just from walking regularly.” Paul