“I’m a competitive person, not so much against other people, but with myself,” explains Justine. “I just had to get as many points as possible to progress my AIA Vitality status, so I found myself doing all the proactive health checks to gain points.” The first time Justine took her AIA Vitality Health Check, a process that checks body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood glucose levels, she unfortunately failed. Justine didn’t take this as defeat but used it as motivation instead. “The tests were good for me in a way. I knew I could only get better, so I made passing the test the following year my goal.” Justine took her first step by engaging an AIA Vitality nutrition consultant via Mission Nutrition who guided her on adopting healthy lifestyle habits. “I’ve since lost 16 kgs simply through eating well and getting more sleep – and I didn’t have to really think about it.” Justine also achieved her goal of passing the AIA Vitality Health Check the following year.
Justine’s new focus (and strategy of maintaining her AIA Vitality status) is to increase her activity. She plans on reaching her daily steps, which she likes to do with her newly adopted dog, and she’s looking for other activities that will increase her heart rate. “Making points makes it more exciting for me,” Justine explains. “And new things are added so I don’t lose enthusiasm.”