I asked this question to Sid Woods who starting walking with us in August this year and has been a very committed walker attending twice a week every week.
‘I have to say it is not easy – my daughter had the day off work so she joined me on my first walk which made it less daunting. I have an arthritic hip and I know I have to exercise in order to keep it mobile. At this first walk I had a really good experience. The leaders gave me good advice, I was able to walk at my own pace and the other walkers were very friendly. As the weeks have gone by I am all too aware that others may think this is a ‘ladies’ group due to the shortage of men. However, I have been made to feel very welcome. During the walk, which lasts about an hour, I can spend some time walking alone and there again I can join others and have a chat.’
Next I asked Sid how he had benefitted. ‘I am now walking faster and better. My pains are reducing – I wouldn’t say I have no pain but then again I am 72yrs old. I have a holiday coming up in Cyprus and for the first time I have been invited to join a walking group and this is followed up with a barbeque’
Sorry Sid we can’t offer the barbeque, however, there is a social side to SE Fitness.