Real people – Chris

Real people – Chris

Chris Bradley knew he’d done the right thing just five minutes after taking part in his first Back Onside fixture at Emerald Headingley stadium.

A lifelong Leeds Rhinos fan, Chris signed up for Back Onside in January after the weighing scales tipped 17 stones and his doctor warned of the dangers of high blood pressure.

Like many people, the 34-year-old bus driver from Baildon was finding it all too easy to live a sedentary life due to the demands of his job and family.

“Back Onside is brilliant and coming along is one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Chris.

“It’s really fun and is something I look forward to all week.

“I joined a gym recently but this is a much better way to get fit.  It’s a lot more enjoyable.

“I’ve been overweight for some time and wasn’t feeling too good about myself. I visited my GP and he diagnosed me with high blood pressure.

“Being involved with Back Onside is really helping lower my blood pressure and I’ve already started losing weight.

“My job doesn’t help: you don’t get much chance to exercise when you’re sat behind the steering wheel of a bus all day long.

“It’s really easy at the end of a long, tiring day to just get home, have your tea and then hit the sofa.

“Back Onside fixtures are great and you can really feel the difference for days afterwards. I have a lot more energy and I feel a lot better about myself.

“My wife keeps telling me how much happier I seem now and how I’m not as tired as I used to be. She’s delighted!”

As many men will concur, a happy wife usually equals a happy life!