Hear from some of the participants of Bristol’s physical activity referral schemes in their own words:
Lindsey attended the Exercise Referral Scheme
Reasons for joining the scheme
My GP recommended the scheme as I had a previous knee injury and a few orthopaedic operations on my left foot. The GP suggested exercise would be very beneficial for both my physical strength and wellbeing.
My experience of the scheme
I was extremely anxious on my first visit to the sports centre but soon felt relaxed after meeting Yana, my future Sports Trainer who fully explained the scheme. Yana asked many questions and a rapport was soon established and a specific exercise plan was designed to suit my personal needs.
What did I enjoy the most
Exercise wise, I throughly enjoyed all Pilates sessions but more than anything I enjoyed feeling I was being fully supported by professional staff.
How have I benefited from the scheme
There are been many benefits from being a part of this scheme: More energy, Flexibility, Sleeping improved, Confidence in sporting activities, Controlled weight loss and a sense of achievement.
The sports centre I use is
Horfield Sports Centre.
The activities I have started to enjoy and participate in since being introduced to the scheme are
Pilates, cardio / weights exercise and non-class swimming but looking forward to trying other activities.
I would without doubt recommended the scheme which ticks all the boxes if you are seeking to become happier and healthier.
Since starting the scheme I have completely changed my attitude to exercise, rather than avoid it I actually look forward to it.
Nicola attended the Exercise Referral Scheme
What was your experience of the scheme/class?
Very good. I felt motivated and encouraged by Jana at our regular meetings
What did you enjoy most?
Feeling fitter, noticing my improvements and realising I could do things i didn’t think I could.
How do you feel you have benefited from the scheme/class?
I have benefited hugely by being more active. I feel so much better and have lost 1 stone in weight. I now see exercise as a normal part of my routine. Unfortunately my blood pressure didn’t decrease but I intend to keep the exercise programme going.
Were you worried/ unsure about starting?
A little unsure but I was soon put at ease by Jana
What activities do you do now?
Gym once a week and 3 or 4 classes a week
Where did you do the scheme/class?
Horfield leisure centre
Would you recommend it to anyone?