What was your motivation for joining Let’s Get Moving?
I just wanted to be and feel healthier. I’ve got two children and two stepchildren, so it was important for me to feel like I could play with the kids and keep up with them without getting out of breath!
What did you enjoy most about Let’s Get Moving?
It’s definitely the group sessions that I most enjoy. Andy’s always giving us so much information – things we wouldn’t have thought of before. We all learn something new each week. What’s great is that we’re a group of people who are all completely different, but very similar in a way; I think because we’re all at the group wanting to get more active, we share the same things that can make getting active difficult, but then we listen to the different ways that other people have tried to get over them. We share what works and what doesn’t. It’s such a relaxed atmosphere: it’s never serious and we have a laugh all the time!
Has there been an increase in your physical activity?
Definitely. It’s all the small, extra things that are making a big difference. I’ve been walking the dog a lot more and for a lot longer than I used to. I’m taking the kids out to the park more and I’m doing more active things with them – I feel like I’m able to do this now.
Has your wider family benefited, and if so, how?
As I’ve been taking the kids out more, it means I’m spending more quality time with them. My partner’s also noticed that I’ve been using my inhaler less, so he’s really happy to see how my health’s improving.
Have there been any additional positive outcomes, e.g. self-esteem, energy etc?
Being more active has improved things for me in lots of ways. When I started Let’s Get Moving, I suffered with depression – to a point where I would find it a struggle to get off the sofa to do everyday things. Being more active has really helped with that – I feel so much more motivated to do more and get on with everything. Each day I feel more and more motivated to do things – even things that I’d never normally do, such as walking for that bit longer or actively taking the kids outside to just do something. I’ve been feeling so much better in myself that I’ve started to cut down on my antidepressants! The extra bits of activity that I’ve been doing has also meant that I’m losing weight, which is really good.
How did the Community Exercise Professional help to achieve the changes made?
The great thing about Andy is that he never tells you what to do. Andy lets you go at your own pace and encourages you to try or change things whenever you’re ready. The handouts and information that Andy gives us in group makes me look at activity in a different way. It’s a fantastic programme to be doing!