“Exercise had always been part of my everyday routine,” explains Beverley. “Then suddenly, I was on one of my usual runs back in 2012 and began to experience a severe type of pain I’d never felt before.”
Beverley immediately stopped exercising and went to see her doctor.
Months of tests followed before she was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, the most common form of joint disease which causes joint pain and stiffness, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, which was causing inflammation and swelling in her joints.
That wasn’t all – Beverley was also told spondylosis of the spine was present (a painful condition of the spine resulting from the degeneration of the discs in the vertebral column) and she had a hip impingement, a condition where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped and do not fit together perfectly.
“This news meant I went on to spend years unable to do normal everyday tasks due to the pain and symptoms,” explains Beverley. “I soon socialised less and because I couldn’t exercise, I was left feeling very low and depressed.”
More recently, Beverley’s doctor has prescribed new medication which has been effective when it comes to managing the pain, but he also referred her to BEATS (Bury Exercise and Therapy Scheme), an exercise referral scheme to help those with chronic conditions on their journey to exercise again.
BEATS works alongside I Will If You Will (IWIYW) to provide a specific female-only pathway to referral treatment, and all assessments are conducted by a female Exercise Referral Officer provided by funding from IWIYW.
“It’s thanks to BEATS and its IWIYW pathway that I discovered Boogie Bounce at Radcliffe Leisure Centre with Debbie and Julie,” says Beverley. “I’d tried lots of things before finding Boogie Bounce, but the aches and pain that followed were too much.
“This class is perfect for me – it gives me a great cardio workout and the trampoline takes all the impact, so there’s no aches and pains in my joins afterwards. Boogie Bounce is so much fun and the exercise has helped me build my strength back up... I’ve even lost some weight.
“At the age of 34, I’m finally able to do what I love again... Boogie Bounce has changed my life!”