By the time he was 36, Andrew had a young son – and a lot less spare time for exercise. “After being slim my whole life, the dad-bod was starting to kick-in,” he says.
His fitness levels had also dropped, and higher-intensity exercise was becoming more difficult. “It becomes a self-perpetuating cycle,” says Andrew. “I was keen to avoid that and make improvements.”
The real kick-start came when, after joining AIA Vitality, he received the results of his AIA Vitality Health Check and self-assessments. “I was suddenly like, ‘Whoa. There’s a whole load of red dots in there,’” he says.
Andrew used this moment to take account of his lifestyle. He started to question if certain choices, like fatty foods or drinking during the week, were sustainable long-term.
In addition to nutrition, Andrew’s blood tests yielded surprising results. “It came out with slightly elevated cholesterol,” says Andrew. “I thought, ‘What? High cholesterol? That's what my dad has. It was a wake-up call’”
This experience was a catalyst. “I realised if I didn’t make changes, then sooner or later it would get to a point where change was going to be harder to achieve.”