“It’s not easy to make change at my age,” says James Priestley, “However, I wanted to give myself a better chance of living longer and being fit and healthy and that’s were FIT FANS comes in.”
James joined FIT Blackpool at Blackpool FC Community Trust. The 12-week health programme, which funded by Sport England through the National Lottery is run at over 30 EFL clubs, provides those aged 35-65 with an opportunity to make a life-style changes, to help lose weight, get fitter and lead a more active life.
At first James had doubts about joining thinking he might be judged or he the exercise would be too hard, but he explains how FIT Fans is different,
“The camaradiere is brilliant it really helps you get through. Everyone is treated as an individual with individual goals. There’s no judgement and you go at your own pace, starting off slowing and increasing as the weeks go by. It’s 12 weeks to change your life. Each week you cover something different and make a small change in your life, eating better, exercising more. In 12 weeks these small changes have turned into a one big difference”
The changes James made to his lifestyle have certainly made a big difference to his own life as he explains, “There is no doubt that I feel so much better within myself, let alone looking better. I no longer have sleep apnoea and I am able to have a good night’s sleep. My blood pressure has reduced and is now considered to be in the normal range. I feel so much more active and no longer crave for the snacks which had become part and parcel of everyday life. Taking exercise has become so much easier and I no longer get out of breath so easily. I have dropped 6 inches from my waist size as well as a noticeable reduction in body shape/size’.
FIT FANS has helped thousands of people, not just football fans, to achieve long-term improvements in weight loss, physical activity, diet and general well-being.
The main aims of the programme are to:
- Improving eating habits
- Cut down on alcohol
- Increasing your activity levels – one step at a time!
- Reducing weight and waistline measurement