International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year. The Trust work with hundreds of inspirational women throughout the year. We’d like to showcase the motivation and efforts of two of our previous Active Minds participants, who took their happiness into their own hands by getting active.

Julie (48) and Shelley (34) had low self-esteem, lacked confidence and didn’t like the skin they were in. In June last year, they signed up to the Trust’s six week fitness course, Active Minds. Active Minds is a free six week exercise course aimed at helping women who suffer with mild anxiety/depression to get more active.

Both women wanted to gain back control over their confidence and the programme introduced them to a variety of different exercises in a friendly and safe environment.  Exercising and getting fit became an enjoyable experience, as well as seeing positive results to their physical and mental health.

After the six weeks were up, Julie and Shelley signed up for the Trust’s Everybody Active membership. This gave them access to over thirty classes located around Derby. The range of classes available kept them motivated as they continued to improve their health and overall wellbeing.

The Active Minds classes are taught at a beginner’s level with plenty of options for injuries and health conditions. Julie suffers with arthritic knees, Active Minds allowed her to try out fitness regimes that worked for her:

“Life is much better now I can move about more and I feel healthier. The staff are very approachable and knowledgeable; it can be frustrating to exercise sometimes with my arthritic knees. 

One thing I have learnt from the Trust’s programme is to never give up!”

Shelley had her confidence knocked and was severely body conscious. She now attends weekly Everybody Active classes, works out at the gym two to three times a week and has completed the Race For Life!

“I have so much more energy, I feel healthier and I have the confidence to embrace and love my curves!”

I’m more positive towards my body, and my mind.”

Julie and Shelley hope their story encourages other women to join a fitness class, like Active Minds, and that even if you’re anxious or nervous about exercising, you can still get fit and start feeling better about yourself.

To find out more about Active Minds, Everybody Active or any other health sessions, please email [email protected]


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