Congleton resident proves how exercise can help mental health

By Alasdair Perry

9th Jun 2024 | Local News

A Congleton resident who was referred to the leisure centre to improve her mental health has said exercise has made a 'huge difference' (Image - Everybody Leisure)
A Congleton resident who was referred to the leisure centre to improve her mental health has said exercise has made a 'huge difference' (Image - Everybody Leisure)

A Congleton woman has said working out at a local leisure centre has made a 'huge difference' to her mental health.

Amy was referred to Congleton Leisure Centre to improve her mental health. Although self-admittedly nervous about the gym, and relatively inexperienced with this kind of exercise, Amy got stuck in and within a few weeks was 'much improved'. Her health - mentally and physically - had made a huge leap, as had her self-confidence.

She took part in Everybody Leisure's 12-week adult exercise referral programme at the leisure centre, with specialist health advisor Victoria Clarke.

"Before starting the programme, I was scared of using the gym and not confident in knowing what to do when using the weights or machines", Amy said.

"Since starting, my health and fitness is a lot better and much improved. I'm feeling more confident using the equipment and know what I can do in the gym, following an exercise programme.

"[I'm] feeling a lot better physically and mentally. I enjoyed the flexibility and freedom of the programme, as well as exercising again and using the gym".

Specialist Health Advisor Victoria Clarke said: "Amy has done amazingly well and has been a pleasure to work with throughout the 12 weeks. [...]

"I have seen her mental health improve throughout the programme. She now has a more positive outlook and is motivated to continue exercising. I am glad it has made a difference to her health both physically and mentally."

Find out more information about the 12-week programme HERE.

     

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