An exercise programme has helped a Highbridge woman conquer chronic back pain and anxiety.

For the past 15 years Julie Baker from Highbridge has been living with back pain and a lack of mobility after fracturing her spine in a fall on black ice.

But Julie is now enjoying a new lease of life thanks to reduced back pain and increased mobility after following an exercise plan overseen by staff at 1610 King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge.

A spokesman said: “The exercise plan has also helped her cut excess weight due to an underactive Thyroid and it has also reduced her severe anxiety which had become a real issue.”

“She has now dropped a dress size and can regularly takes part in exercise classes as well as the gym.”

“She is much more confident and now exercises regularly with her new ‘gym buddy’ Joanne, who she teamed up with at the centre.”

Julie says that joining King Alfred Sports Centre has transformed her life, adding: “A year ago I would attempt to go into the gym but I would stand at the gates hesitating and I just froze with anxiety but Tom Britton and Mel Teacy who work at the centre were so welcoming and patient.”

“They listened to me about my issues and helped me overcome my fears to tackle the right exercise programme. Now my back is so much more mobile. My back pain is much less of a problem.”

Julie works out at the gym two to three times a week and attends three or four classes a week and aims to lose more weight and become fitter and stronger.

“I want to drop another dress size but the main thing is that I feel so much better and more confident. Gyms can be intimidating places but they are so friendly at King Alfs so you can’t let your anxiety get the better of you. I have so much more energy and meeting Jo at the gym has been so much fun which has been a real boost and makes me realise what I can achieve.”

Anyone suffering from any of the issues mentioned in this press release are invited to meet with a 1610 Personal Trainer’/Wellness Coach to find out how a personalised exercise plan can help alleviate their health problems.

It is estimated that almost half the adult population (43%) or 28 million people in the UK are living with chronic pain.