image2What was your motivation for joining Let’s Get Moving?

Well I used to go to the gym 6 years ago, but I stopped because I needed a knee replacement.  For a long time after that, my GP kept suggesting that I start doing exercise under some guidance. Luckily enough, Let’s Get Moving came along!

What did you enjoy most about Let’s Get Moving, or find the most helpful?

To be honest, I was apprehensive and quite frightened about getting back into exercise because I didn’t want to cause any damage to my knee or my shoulders – which had been playing up a lot. But Let’s Get Moving was just what I needed! The programme motivated me and showed me what I could do to gradually strengthen my muscles. With the guidance I received, my muscle strength increased and now I’m confident enough to leave the house on my own without fear of my knees giving in – which was never fun when it happened! I also joined Victoria’s (Let’s Get Moving Exercise Professional) fabulous class that’s close by, and from there I started getting into more activity.

Has there been an increase in your physical activity, and if so, in what way?

Yes! As well as Victoria’s class I now go to aerobics, pilates, Zumba, and balance classes at the gym. I also like to swim after my aerobics class because I find it relaxing after a hard workout.

Has your wider family benefitted, and if so, how?

I can now run in the park with my grandchildren, though no doubt soon they’ll be able to overtake me!

Have there been any additional positive outcomes, e.g. self-esteem, energy, health improvements, etc?

Definitely! I’m feeling ten times better. I have more energy, sleep well, and feel great; I’m not feeling 66 at all! The exercise has eased my hot flushes – which is a huge relief. Also my social life has become busier, because I’ve met people through the exercise classes. Sometimes we meet for lunch and bring our partners along, which is really nice.

How did the Community Exercise Professional help to achieve the changes made?

Victoria guided me to make sure that I didn’t put too much pressure on my knees or toes, and showed me what I can do to build up muscle strength in a safe way.  I now know exactly what machines can help me in the gym – for example the cross trainer and rowing machine are safer for my knees compared to the treadmill.  I feel confident in my exercise and have set myself new goals. I used to burn less calories on the cross trainer and have now upped my game!

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

Being more active has given me lots of energy and I feel so much better…so much happier!