Melissa Taylor

Get Active Community Worker

I have worked in the field of health and fitness for a number of years following graduating with a BSc in Sports Science. My work has involved developing and delivering such initiatives as GP exercise referral schemes, health walk programmes and publicity campaigns around physical activity. I joined the Get Active Team in June 2010. I have the lead on communications for the team and also manage the Health Walk programme in Bolton.

Interesting Fact:
I was once a National gymnast competing in many competitions representing the North West of England.

Excuses for not being active:
‘I have no time’, ‘family commitments’ and sometimes ‘I just can’t be bothered’.

How do I do it?
I don’t see physical activity as a chore so I always manage to squeeze it in somehow.  My week usually includes family walks or a bike ride, a couple of run’s a week (including parkrun on a Saturday morning where possible) and regular walks with my dogs which is a perfect excuse to go out and enjoy the fresh air and countryside.  I also do a weekly Yoga class during my lunch break when I can schedule my diary to fit round this.

Every year the Taylor Family take on a challenge or two to raise money for charity.  This has included 10k runs and the odd half marathon, some cycling events and my biggest achievement to date, the London Marathon 2016.  I also took part in my first ever Triathlon in 2013 after being inspired as part of the organising team for the NHS Fun Tri.

I have also been known to try a spot of ‘adrenaline junkie’ type activities including climbing, canoeing, cycling at the velodrome, assault courses and skiing. Some of these are not for the faint hearted but I find it a great achievement to say ‘I conquered my fears’!!

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