Early last year I started to have dizzy spells and blank moments. I went to my GP, who did some checks and happily didn't find anything majorly wrong except of course that we agreed that I was very overweight. He then referred me to the practice nurse for guidance on diet etc. She did that and also referred me to the Waistwise clinic, which is a 12-week programme designed to make you more aware of how to eat well, how to lose weight, and how to start exercise. As part of this, I had the opportunity to join the local gym for half-price. When I did, I was offered an introduction to the gym and a planned exercise programme tailored just for me. All this has been free. I guess the NHS consider this to be preventative medicine and it's probably cheaper than any operations I might need due to being overweight, unfit etc. But I still think it's absolutely bloody marvellous and such a shame that it doesn't appear to happen all over the country.
Anyway, I'm so glad I started c25k, and for everyone who is just starting this New Year, well done for getting out there - you can do it. Believe me, if I can, everyone can