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Boris Zatezalo: The man that walks with a purpose

By Adam Bezeczky, Regional Communications Manager

Boris Zatezalo is the Facebook Lead in Croatia, located in Zagreb. Boris spoke to us about his experience, following a brief delay due a positive Covid-19 result and isolation period.

Boris Zatezalo

Hi Boris, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. How are you feeling?

My family and I are feeling well, we were lucky, and only experienced some minor symptoms.


How did you participate in the challenge?

It came naturally to me, and I didn’t consider it a sport. I already have made a habit of going to the office on foot, so participating was easy.


How long does it take you to walk to the office?

I am relatively new at Httpool and have been here for 3 months. It’s 11 kilometres in one direction, approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, and I have 35 traffic lights along the way so this can introduce some variation in the time. When I’m in a rush I can do it in 1 hour 15 minutes. 

I try to average 15 km a day, even when I’m not walking. 


What do you listen to while walking?

I try to use the time to be productive, I take calls and participate in telephone meetings where possible and I am not required to be in front of the computer. Otherwise, I will listen to music or podcasts.


How did the quarantine influence you? Have you missed walking?

Of course, I missed walking outside a lot. I started to do some simple exercises indoors to maintain my fitness. 


What kind of equipment do you use daily?

I purchased specialised shoes from a Japanese company, they are expensive, but they are worth the money as my legs don’t hurt after the walks. In the office I just change my socks and shoes and I’m ready to go.


How did the walking start? How did #HttpoolGrows motivate you?

One of my physicians gave me a good scare about my heart a while ago, and that motivated me to start with walking. HttpoolGrows was nice because I was able to walk with a purpose. I felt good that by going one or two additional kilometres, I could help people in Africa and the planet. 


Have you ever participated in any event like #HttpoolGrows?

In former jobs we took part in a ‘citizens days’ at which point staff can help a social organisation, but this was never organized by the company, so Httpool planning and executing this was new for me.


What do you do in winter or bad weather?

There is only one answer for that, it’s not down to the ‘bad weather’, only bad equipment. But yes, I adjust to the season and of course having a raincoat in autumn helps to stay dry while outside.


Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?

Taking care of yourself is easy, you just must ‘do it’, as said in the famous tagline. Everyone must do this for themselves, but you will also meet like minded people to enjoy it with, therefore sport is a great way to socialize while doing something good for yourself.


Boris Zatezalo Purpose