Poster stars’ stories aim to inspire more into exercise

Abbeycroft cover stars. ''FL; Michelle Banfield-Curran, Sally Ann Andrews. Abby Mayes and Wayne Morris.

Abbeycroft cover stars. ''FL; Michelle Banfield-Curran, Sally Ann Andrews. Abby Mayes and Wayne Morris.

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Five more poster stars have been chosen to inspire others in the Active St Edmundsbury campaign.

Posters telling how exercise at Bury Leisure Centre helped them feature on posters at the centre.

There is Abby Mayes whose seven classes a week were tailored to take account of how her body changed during pregnancy.

She said: “I was getting bigger by the day and exercising made me feel more in control.”

Sally Ann Andrews joined when she had trouble fastening her seatbelt on a flight to Scotland because she was size 24. The Sainsburys worker is now size 16 and says: “I can often be seen doing zumba and bokwa moves at the self-scan checkouts.”

Wayne Morris suffered anxiety and depression for 20 years, leading to weight problems, but after joining a weight and wellbeing course last year, he says: “I feel more confident being out and about.”

Julia Taylor joined to lose weight after having twins and to get back into running training. Now the twins are six, they are taking swimming lessons.

Michelle Banfield-Curran decided to get more exercise after realising she wore clothes that hid rolls of fat and tried to avoid being in family photographs.

You can find out more about the Active St Edmundsbury Campaign and the leisure centre online.

Its cover stars’ pictures and individual stories are here

You can also find out more about the facilities and classes available at Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Leisure centres at www.acleisure.com