Meet Barbara, a Super Rehab Patient
“My experience of the programme is positive so far! At the beginning I was quite surprised when I was chosen to have the ‘full works’ of a personal trainer and a dietician helping me along the pathway. I met up with Lucy Miller the trainer at Bath Uni Sports Village and was amazed at the facilities there. She is fantastic and put me at ease when I explained about my physical ailments (hip replacement, labyrinthitis) and told me the aim was not to kill me, just to improve my cardio fitness. Admittedly I was full of trepidation when I went for my first training session, as the gym was full of skinny young students doing impossible things on the equipment but I thought, well I’m 73 so better late than never!!
“As I had never been in a gym before I was a bit worried that I would make a fool of myself but once I got going I began to enjoy the workouts, although I do not like the exercise bike or the cross trainer! One highlight for me was finding something that I was good at – the rowing machine. Another highlight was Nicola the dietician confirming that my diet was very good, and suggesting a few foods that I could introduce to boost my calcium intake so I am now hooked on houmous and probiotic drinks!”
“The impact on my life has been beneficial- I have lost weight and dropped a dress size, although I was happy with the size I was at the beginning. Even Lucy said, when we first met, that she was expecting someone larger than me! I feel a lot healthier too, and now walk at lot further than I did before. As well as my Myzone tracker and phone app I have a Fitbit and try to do my 10,000 steps every day. Technology is a wonderful thing!”