Walker: Tanya Leary

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“For me personally, being as active as possible is a great way to start the day and makes me feel happier and healthier.”

Tanya Leary - self-employed business coach

“I really like to get out every day as part of the school run to show my kids that walking is something really quick and easy that we can do as a family,” explains self-employed business coach Tanya Leary standing outside her children’s school in Irby.

“For me personally, being as active as possible is a great way to start the day and makes me feel happier and healthier. And I really want to pass that knowledge onto my kids. Where possible, I want walking to be the norm for them, not the exception.”

Being self-employed and running a growing business, Tanya is aware that if you’re not careful you can spend all your working day sitting down staring at a screen.

To her developing positive routines around the daily commute is the key to breaking away from the desk and making the most of time you might otherwise spend in traffic jams.

“Getting away from tech and out into the world is really important to me,” she says. “If I have meetings on The Wirral I’ll walk a lot of the time. And if I need to go into Liverpool I’ll get the bus so that I can work on the laptop en route. It’s all about making small changes to the commute that give me the opportunity to get a bit of exercise which in turn really helps with my sense of wellbeing.

“I’ve found that spending time walking with the children on the school run part of the day is a really great way of getting them to open up,” she continues. “Kids tend to talk so much more and let you know how they’re feeling when we’re walking rather than just asking questions directly to them. I’ve learnt so much about both of my kids during the walk to and from school. Plus the walk gives them and me the chance to clear our heads before the day really starts.”