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Kathryn's Story

Kathryn lives in Spennymoor with her husband and two children who are autistic. She is a stay-at-home parent and a carer for her two children. She first heard about the walk, cycle and run sessions via Facebook. She knew she enjoyed walking, so thought 'why not give it a try'?



Kathryn really enjoyed going along to the walks. I learned some new walks, met some new people, learnt some history of my local area, and it also helped improve my physical and mental health and wellbeing. Soon afterwards, she saw an advert on Facebook about starting a Couch to 5k from Spennymoor Youth and Community Centre, which she thought she'd try too. Kathryn managed to run 5k, an amazing achievement, just as the county was going into lockdown. Both groups gave her something to focus on whilst taking time out for herself away from her caring role.

During lockdown Kathryn wanted to keep her physical and mental health and wellbeing up, so she started to do the PE with Joe sessions on YouTube with her oldest child. She's carried on doing more fitness videos from The Body Coach since lockdown too! (see YouTube: The Body Coach).

Kathryn says: 'I would highly recommend taking part in the walking and running groups. It will help you get out of the house, and it can also be a good way of meeting new people especially if you are new to the area. Exercise is a great way to improve not just your physical health but also your mental health. They don't cost you anything either. Taking that first step is probably the hardest but once you do that, it gets easier.'

Find your Move

Our one to one appointment service could be just what you need if you are new to exercise and don't know where to start, or you are struggling to get back into exercise and want to know what will work best for you.  We can help you find a local walking group, arrange taster sessions and provide ongoing support to keep you going. You may also be eligible to access a free six month gym or swim membership. 

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Move Team
03000 262 539