Every Friday we ask somebody in Cumbria’s business community to tell us how they keep fit… today it’s the turn of Karl Burrell at Lamont Pridmore.

Karl Burrell is the Managing Director (South Cumbria) of Lamont Pridmore accountants. He lives near Ulverston with his wife and two teenage children.

How many times a week do you like to exercise?

I do some sort of exercise every single day. I’m someone who just likes to be out and about.

What sort of exercise do you do?

I have been involved in running a junior football team, now the U16s Crooklands Casuals which my son plays for, for the last 10 years. They play in the Barrow and District Junior Football League and I actively plan and take part in the training sessions on Wednesday nights, as well as the warm up before our Saturday matches. I then become linesman during games and sometimes the referee, although not both together!

I walk our family Cockapoo, April, every day, sometimes on the beach near to home, and most weekends we enjoy a longer walk in the Lakes, usually around 5 -7 miles.

I’m also a fair-weather cyclist and in the lighter, summer months I try to get out on my bike for an hour in the evenings.

Do you have any fitness goals?

I prefer to be active in the fresh air rather than sitting at home watching the TV, probably because I spend a lot of the day sitting at my desk. My goal is to stay fit and healthy. I want to continue to have an active, good quality life into older age and I think regular exercise is very important to achieve this. This is something I picked up some years ago from my mother who inspired me to think this way.

What’s the most physically challenging thing you have done in your life?

I have completed the Keswick to Barrow walk several times, and the Total Warrior (obstacle course). I found covering the distance in the Keswick to Barrow walk was more challenging than Total Warrior. Never underestimate the importance and benefits of a good walk!

How does keeping fit impact on your work?

It definitely helps to keep me healthy but, most importantly, I know it gives me the energy I need to manage a busy working day.

Which sportsperson/fitness expert do you most admire?

I am a massive admirer of the late Sir Bobby Robson. He had so much integrity and was a great sports leader. I was lucky enough to meet him once outside the Bolton Wanderers ground and he seemed to relish chatting to the fans. He was there for ages and had to be dragged away to the dressing room.

When in your life did you feel at your fittest?

When I was playing football myself in my early to mid 20s. I was training twice a week and playing matches at the weekend. I was really fit!

On days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed, what motivates you to get up and go?

It just doesn’t happen. I love getting up and at it every day, plus my dog reminds me she needs a good walk!

How do you ensure a work/life balance?

I do struggle with this, and have tended to put work first, but I enjoy my job. In the accountancy sector, it’s important to be available for our clients as and when they need us as well as meet time sensitive deadlines. Having a regular commitment to the football team ensures I leave the office at a sensible time when I need to and my family are good at reminding me that’s it’s important to also spend time with them.

What’s your top tip for remaining motivated?

I honestly don’t need motivating very often, as just feeling fit and having lots of energy is important to me. I know this will be increasing vital as I get older so I’m committed to staying fit and healthy.

If you’d like to take part in the Fit For Business Q&A send your answers to the questions to fl-sue.riley@newsquest.co.uk