Congratulations to our latest top toner Sarah Carter from Herefordshire who has gone down to 16 stone and a size 18 (and has trimmed 36 inches off her bust, arms, tummy and more). Sarah, who is 59 is a primary school assistant and mother of two grown-up sons. Sarah started her campaign for better health with Slimming World and discovered our toning suite which was the perfect place to add in some exercise.
Why? Weight gain was impacting on my health. I was over 25 stone and was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure and the GP wanted me to lose weight to prevent both becoming worse. It had got to the stage where I couldn’t walk far, and when I went into town I’d have to take the car, and work out where I could park which wasn’t too far from the shops or a cafe where I could sit down. I signed up to Slimming World and the weight started to come off, but I was left feeling really flabby and untoned. That’s what led me to the Toning Suite - I’d seen the signs when I drove past Halo and I thought it might help me get into shape.
How was it? Brilliant, and it helped the weight keep coming off. I knew the gym would be too much for me. They are friendly in there, but everyone seems to be pounding away on bikes or treadmills with earphones in. When you walk into the toning suite you wouldn’t think it could do much, but you would be wrong. The Halo team explained how the machines worked and what muscles they’d exercise and before long I started to lose inches, feel my muscles and skin tone up, feel my clothes getting looser and my mobility improving. And everyone is so nice. I've met some lovely people.
What happened next? I’m off all my medications for diabetes and blood pressure. When I saw my GP he just looked at me and asked, ‘What have you been up to?!’ He was so pleased. I feel so much better as well as looking better. No taking the car into town now. I walk there and back and around the shops. I’m in the Toning Suite three times a week, and going to exercise classes (like Zumba and Aqua Aerobics) Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. I know how daunting the idea of these sessions can be when you’re new to exercise or overweight, but take along a friend the first time (that’s what I did), or ask the staff at Halo if they can buddy up for the first session. They are so friendly and welcoming. And once you’ve started, you won’t look back. I’m now thinking what weight I want to achieve by the time I celebrate my 60th in November.
Could the next success story be you? Our spa-like suite for our state-of-the-art, power-assisted toning machines is perfect for those who want to combine exercise with a weight loss plan, and the toning machines are ideal for anyone who hasn’t exercised for a while and/or have health or mobility issues. We have toning suites at Hereford Leisure Centreand Bridgend Life Centre. Call 01432 842075 and we will be happy to arrange a show around at either one and arrange a free 7 day guest pass so you can have a go.