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A health scare and impending wedding motivated Chrissy to get active

For newly-wed Chrissy Bell (née Powell), a health scare and an impending wedding were the motivation she needed to get active, joining Ripley Leisure Centre where she is now a regular in the gym and at a variety of fitness classes.

She recalls that growing up she wasn't a very 'sporty' person and, as an adult, going out to exercise used to seem like the last thing she wanted to do after a hard day at work.

However when Chrissy was admitted to hospital with sepsis, due to an infection in her abdomen, it was the wake-up call she needed.

She said: "I have had my head in the sand about my own health in the past. Being ill made me realise I need to put my health first. I started classes and training not long after I recovered and haven't looked back. I love people telling me how amazing I look."

Chrissy now attends Pilates and Body Combat, and has a personal trainer in the gym. At first she was too nervous to attend classes on her own, and so enlisted the help of her best friend Tom.

She said: "Tom has been a member of Ripley Leisure Centre for a long time and encouraged me to come to classes with him. He is very sporty and has definitely motivated me.

"Getting married was also definitely an inspiration for me to get active - my wedding dress was very fitted!

"I love Pilates because I feel the affects the day after in my core. Body Combat is great when I need an extra boost and want to sweat some pounds away!"

Chrissy added: "I once turned up to a class and Tom didn't arrive. He just didn't realise I was going and I literally could have run for my life! But I got on with it and actually felt so happy I'd stuck with it.

"I am making lots of friends in the classes and now don't feel as nervous to go on my own.

"I have suffered with anxiety in my life and since I have been doing weekly classes and training I have found my anxiety is less frequent and I have a more positive outlook on life.

"I am so much better for being active - I have more energy and enjoy life so much more. I have also lost weight and I now feel more confident."

To find out more about what is on offer at Ripley Leisure Centre visit https://www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/ripley-leisure-centre