In January 2024, we had the pleasure of catching up with Gill, a busy mum from Aberfeldy, about her journey to increased walking activity, following participation in our Active Health programme. Read on to find out how the 44-year-old's life was transformed by the free and confidential advice sessions provided by our trained Active Health Link Worker, Sheila Wilson.
What brought you to the Active Health project and why did you want to be more active?
I had put on weight steadily over the years, had recently moved and was feeling lonely and fed up. I needed to feel more like me, have some time to myself and hopefully meet others too. I had also been diagnosed with a nerve problem on my thigh, which could be because of weight gain.
What changes did you make?
For the first time in 10 years, I put me first. I gave myself small goals, with Sheila enabling me to start somewhere! I discussed what was preventing me doing these things and how we could change this.
What helped you the most to make changes?
I liked talking it through with somebody - never needed to before, but this helped at this time hugely. I was also introduced to the 'NHS Active 10' app (http://www.nhs.uk/better-health/get-active) by Sheila, which I really liked. I set myself goals, and it was easy to keep track, even if you don't have and don't like much technology!
What benefits have you noticed as a result of being more active?
Being happier in myself. Making time for me gave me some much needed self care and has made me feel a little more human after being a full-time mum for nearly ten years, and working part-time in the background.
I am eating better and feel much healthier generally, I'm also opting to move more and more. The leg pain has nearly gone, which I'm not sure is anything to do with the new walking, but I can certainly walk much further now I'm fitter again (I once was a very fit person).
Gill, age 44, a busy mum from Aberfeldy, Scotland.
If you or someone you know would be interested in a free Active Health session with Sheila, send her an email at email@example.com or give her a call on 07871 824598.
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