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In the past my main barriers to exercise have been motivation and finding something that gets my heart rate up but doesn’t feel like the monotonous slog of the gym. That's when I found Back to Netball.

In the past my main barriers to exercise have been motivation and finding something that IS exercise but doesn’t feel like the monotonous slog of the gym.  

It is very easy to skip a gym class if you are attending on your own and unfortunately this became more and more of a common occurrence for me (embarrassingly)I have always felt the need to be active of some sort as I suffer with Crohn’s Disease but the daily business of life can put halt to that.   

I saw a local Back to Netball session advertised which instantly ignited my interest as something I could do regularly and with others, who I wouldn’t be so keen to “skip” a class in front of, get into a routine with and I absolutely loved netball in my school years. All those aspects really motivated me and ticked all the above boxes for my “barriers” 

Following regular attendance at Back to Netball I am now part of, and indeed manage, a team with a group of lovely and completely like-minded ladies.  

We motivate each other but also appreciate that “life” can throw a curveball so there is no pressure if someone has an issue and can’t attend. It works perfectly.

We all share lifts which encourages us to go (and have no excuses), we have a WhatsApp chat group (which is VERY active!) and speak every week. Everyone is incredibly encouraging and we all want everyone to achieve their best which really spurs us on individually and as a team. 

My family can see how much I value this team sport and I have 2 “netball days” a week which are mine to do with what I wish – one is a training day and the other a match day. I am very much supported by my husband as he can see the positive impact it has had on me and encourages the above if I feel a little slack..  

I still have my gym membership and will attend when we don’t have a match but am far more motivated having got back into netball. I am thankful to netball for introducing me to a group of such lovely people and coaches and I can see myself continuing for the foreseeable future.