Photo from BFit Facebook page

RiseVT partnered with BFit (Bristol Fitness), a fitness center in Bristol, to host an 8 week course to educate participants about healthy lifestyles through exercise and diet. Here is one of the success stories from that program:

Last fall, after being retired for a few months, I started being more serious about establishing a routine at the local health club, BFit. I had been a member for over 15 years but rarely attended regularly.  I was feeling overweight, had just been put on blood pressure medication and had lots of muscle aches and pains, so I met with Kim, the owner, to establish a routine that I could commit to. She gave me a personalized weight training program to do twice a week, but I wasn’t successful in sticking to it. I started dieting on my own, with limited success.

Then one day I saw an ad for a new 8-week class that was designed for people with hypertension. I knew my husband also took blood pressure medication, was overweight and struggled with many physical issues, including pain in his knees, feet and back. I suggested that we sign up and see if it would make a difference for us. Happily, he was also at the point that he was ready to make some changes, so we signed up and went to the first class.

It was divided into 2 parts, 30 minutes of cardio of our choice, and a 30 minute discussion with Kim and Ashley. So suddenly we had support from a personal trainer, two nutritionists, and a nurse. Within the first 10 minutes of recumbent biking, my husband noticed a decrease in his pain level. He was sold!

We faithfully attended every one of the 8 classes, and in addition, that first night we both made appointments to meet with Kim to create (and moderate) our own personal fitness plans. She was able to give us each a program that addressed our limitations and goals. With weekly encouragement from both Kim and Ashley, we immediately modified our eating and moving habits.

It’s been about 2 months since the class ended and we are still doing well. We have lost more that 55 pounds between us, he is up to walking over 2 miles a day, (when before the class he had trouble making it from the car into the gym) and I walk 4 – 5 miles every day (up from about 1 – 2).

We are eating clean (no added salt, sugars, no white flour or pasta, lots of veggies, fruit and lean protein). We haven’t felt this great in years, and we are anxious to get started on the next wellness series with Kim and Ashley at the end of January. (They were generous enough to schedule the class to start after our 4 week adventure in the sunny, warm south!)

Thanks to Kim and Ashley we have learned the best ways to treat our bodies, and we are loving the results!