Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Brendan Hall - More Active, More Often
Brendan Hall of Hastings has been dealing with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), more so in the
last year. After discussing his conditions with a friend, he was made aware of Green Prescription and what that could
help him with. With that conversation, he felt the need to mention Green Prescription as an option to his Doctor.
An increase in physical activity was something his Doctor thought would be highly beneficial to manage his condition
which lead to his referral in June of this year.
At the time of the referral Brendan was not doing any form of regular exercise and was very keen to get started,
formulating a plan to kick-start his journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Brendan was assigned Rachel Gunson as his Active Living Advisor through the Green Prescription programme. To begin, she
encouraged him to attend low impact classes, like Sit and Be Fit and Yogalates - an exercise technique that combines the
benefits of strength training from Pilates and the flexibility of yoga in one session – to learn basic techniques.
Following those classes, Brendan attended the Water Confidence session at Swim Heretaunga in Flaxmere and continued on
with Aqua Aerobics. Brendan then went on to sample the other programmes provided by Green Prescription including the
Home Exercise programme where he purchased a Dyna Band to do exercises at home with. He is now a regular attendee at the
Yogalates class at Flaxmere Community Centre and is exercising on a regular basis.
“Yogalates was the first thing that I tried and I really enjoyed it so I’ve been going back every week,” said Brendan.
“I’ve noticed that my breathing is a lot better than it used to be and I’m making more of an effort to keep active.”
With all the classes that Brendan was able to try, he managed to get his daughter, Kelly, to come along too.
“I’ve been able to take home a few things and even do exercises at home which saves lots of time. Kelly and I also
started going to the cooking sessions about four weeks ago. We’ve really enjoyed that and I’m now able to cook different
things at home as well.”
“It’s made a huge difference to my life,” noted Brendan. “I just need to keep exercising and eating right.”
Brendan highly recommends Green Prescription to anyone who needs extra motivation to get started or to find something
that they can enjoy to improve and sustain their health and wellbeing.
Green Prescription is a health professional’s advice to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. This is a free
programme and is delivered by Sport Hawke’s Bay. To find out more check out our Green Prescription Hawke’s Bay Facebook
page or go to the Active Lifestyles section of our website: www.sporthb.net.nz.