Richard’s old lifestyle consisted of working in a corporate setting, clocking 60-70 hour weeks, with lots of travel, little movement and a diet that included up to 20L of fizzy drinks a week. It wasn’t until he felt lightheaded at work that he got his blood pressure taken, showing that it was dangerously high. As a result, he visited his cardiologist, who gave him the hard word about changing his lifestyle. “I’ve got a heart murmur, but I probably never listened to my cardiologist too much. But after this visit, they said you need to dramatically change your lifestyle – in other words, sort yourself out otherwise this could get very serious, very quickly,” says Richard. And he did just that. “I was 125kgs with high blood pressure and high cholesterol when I signed up for the New York Marathon,” says Richard. With consistent training, Richard shed 30kgs and completed the marathon in 2019. From the moment he finished the race, he fell in love with the fitness high. Richard now uses the AIA Vitality programme to keep him accountable and ready for his next big race.