Health has always been a priority for Gareth. "The habits around exercising were already there, but AIA Vitality has reinforced them further," he says. Gareth's idea of health has changed throughout his life, and his current exercise choice is surfing. "Surfing is one of my favourite tools to decompress after a big week or day - it's exercise but also a form of meditation for me. I use the Dawn Patrol surf app that links to Apple Health and then feeds into AIA Vitality."
Before or after work, he tries to squeeze in a surf – and if the swell and his schedule permits, during lunch hours. "Most of the Finsol Hawke's Bay team are ocean lovers, so we often head out for a surf together", he explains. Gareth's surfing colleagues are also AIA Vitality members, so there's some healthy rivalry out on the water. But in the office, they share strategies to maximise the benefits and rewards of the programme.
When there are no waves, Gareth likes to stay active by doing one-on-one kickboxing and Tabata-style training in his home gym – a project he has been working on for the last two year. “Because of my lifestyle juggling the business and family life, I train more at home before heading to work.” says Gareth.