It all started with a letter from my surgery to ask if I wanted to take part. I thought, ‘why not’? I’m glad I took part, as it’s been a really good thing for me.
What did you enjoy most about Let’s Get Moving?
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of doing more exercise. Since taking part in the programme, I’ve been using a fitness tracker that sets a new challenge for me each day – it’s a great bit of motivation! The group meetings have been really helpful too. They’re a great bunch of people and we learn a lot in each session: they’re very informative.
Has there been an increase in your physical activity?
Yes – I used to think I did as much walking as I could, but now I’m walking a lot more. And the amount I walk is only going to increase because the movement goal on my tracker gets bigger every day. It gives me that push to do more. I really enjoy taking long walks now: especially when the weather’s nice! I also have an exercise bike, which I do use occasionally.
Have there been any additional positive outcomes, e.g. self-esteem, energy etc?
I do feel better for having got more active. Those things they call endorphins – I recognise them now and notice how good they make me feel. I’m feeling a lot better in myself; my calf muscles are feeling a lot firmer and they’re definitely getting bigger! It’s just been a positive thing overall, and I’d definitely recommend Let’s Get Moving to other people.
How did the Community Exercise Professional help to achieve the changes made?
I think the most helpful thing that Andy did was to make us think of ways to overcome barriers to exercise. For instance, when the weather’s bad and you don’t want to go out in it for a walk, Andy went over movements and activities we could do indoors – like arm or leg exercises – to get your joints moving. He showed how you can be active even when there are things in the way.
Do you have any other comments?
I think Let’s Get Moving is doing great work! It’s been so beneficial for me.