"I will continue to exercise as long as I am able"

About: City Health Care Partnership CIC / Active Lifestyles Service

(as the patient),

I was given early retirement in 2007 and was informed of the fact one week prior to the leaving date. Two months later I began to experience the most horrendous back pain which could only be treated with pain relief, which wasn't very successful.

I was referred for pain killing injections which were more successful, but this was not until late 2009. In 2010 I realised that I had been depressed since my retirement. I had no quality of life and had gained weight since giving up smoking 6 years previously.

My doctor referred me to active lifestyles and I met with Lisa who offered me various possibilities to improve my health. I was not able to work in a gym because of my back problems, but Lisa suggested aqua aerobics. This was the beginning of a new life.

Over the last 5 months my life has changed so much. I feel as though I have my life back. I have started oil painting which I wanted to do when I retired and lost over a stone of weight. I now attend aquq aerobics twice a week.

In addition I swim 64 lengths each time without stopping inbetween lengths. I took 4 swimming lessons to learn how to do front crawl because I didn't think breast stroke was challenging enough. I have managed 64 lengths with 32 breast stroke and 32 front crawl.

I feel fitter and happier and now look forward to getting up in the morning. I had never heard of Active Lifestyles. I am so glad my GP referred me. The ongoing support is great and encourages the exploration of various health issues. I know that I shall miss the support when it ends but I'm sure I will continue to exercise as long as I am able.

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Response from Heidi Henrickson, Weight Management Services Manager, City Health Care Partnership CIC

Many thanks Jazz766 for sharing your experience of the Active Lifestyles Service with Patient Opinion online. It’s great to hear that you have found activities that you enjoy and are motivated to continue living a more positive and healthy lifestyle. All the best for the future.

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