Pat - Battisford Fitness Yoga
Pat is 66 years old and a keen member of the Fit Villages Battisford Fitness Yoga programme. She has been attending the group every week since we set it up in September 2015 and has significantly improved her health, fitness and wellbeing.
"I am now 23lb lighter and most of my aches and pains have disappeared."
"In September I went to a free taster session of Fitness Yoga as I realised I was not as fit as I would like to be and quite overweight. Although I only felt 18 years old in my head, my 65 year old body felt more like 80 years old - lots of aches and pains and getting tired quickly. I was already attending an aerobics class but due to a problem with my knee, I was finding it uncomfortable. Would fitness yoga be any different? The answer was definitely 'yes'! From the first class I started to feel the benefit - the stretching worked wonders, it made me feel good in myself and spurred me on to make an effort to lose some weight."
Taking part in a Fit Villages project has significantly improved Pat's health and wellbeing. As part of the project, she had a Boditrax body composition scan when she started the Yoga class, and recently had a follow up scan to track changes. The effects of taking part in regular physical activity and making changes to her diet were fantastic.
In addition to losing weight, Pat now has a healthy BMI, has lost over 7kg of fat, has 6% more muscle, and reduced her Visceral Fat and degree of obesity from over 16% to 4%. Before making any lifestyle changes, Pat's metabolism was slow and she had a metabolic age of 74; now her metabolism is more efficient and her metabolic age is 54. This is a remarkable achievement over a short period of time and has motivated Pat to sustain a healthier, more active lifestyle.
"My muscles are stronger and more toned so my body looks much better. Now I can walk past a mirror and be happy with how I look."
Fit Villages provides a unique opportunity to improve people's physical and mental health and wellbeing, while also trying to combat social isolation and loneliness. The participants feel fitter and better for doing something active, but importantly feel more confident and happier as a result of being part of a social group. All the members of this group have benefited from a local social opportunity while taking part in physical activity. Pat said
"I enjoy being part of a group. We laugh a lot and have fun whilst keeping fit. We are all at different levels and abilities and some of the moves I cannot do because of my knee but that doesn't matter as our instructor, Sue, will always find a comfortable position for me to achieve the same stretch. I enjoy the social aspect of the group and really feel that I belong - some of us enjoyed a meal out together last month."
The Battisford Fitness Yoga group meets on Thursday evenings in Battisford Village Hall.
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