Our target is to help 1,000,000 Londoners become more physically active in the city. In the first of our profiles of our 1,000,000 Londoners, we spoke to Sita Venkataraman, who runs with Fly Girls, to find out how she gets active in the capital, and where her inspiration comes from.
Sita Venkataraman – One of the Million
What motivates you?
“I was diagnosed with diabetes some 5 years ago. I was determined to change to a healthy lifestyle and be more physically active on a regular basis.”
How do you keep active currently?
“I am a member of Fly Girls running group. This group has female members and we run around Wembley Stadium once a week, every Sunday. It is a varied group with runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities. Each one of us work on our own goals and Amanda as the team lead guides and encourages every one of us to do the best we can.
What do you do on an average week and with whom?
“Running as a group provides a social forum to ask questions, provide solutions and in general have a sense of belonging. We aim to increase physical activity by bringing in more variety, for example; Cycling and Netball will be brought in over the next few weeks. Fly Girls is an ideal forum to be the best you can be without the pressure of competitive performance.”
How has becoming active made you feel, and how have you benefited?
“Being active makes me feel happy and motivated and, for me as a diabetic, it is a part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Being a part of a group like Fly Girls, gives me regular exercise and a solid friends network.”
Our #LDNMovesMe campaign celebrates the different ways that Londoners choose to get active across the city. How does London move you?
“I travel to work and use public transport. Public transport gives a lot of opportunities to walk part of the way and I try to include a short walk during lunch break.”
What advice would you give to someone else looking to become active that’s currently not?
“I would say join a group like Fly Girls. Being part of a group, you will feel motivated, challenged and consistent. You can be the best you want to be and being in a group gives you the opportunity to express your insecurities, gain confidence and finally, make good friends.”