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Steve Lewis training to become Community Sports Champion with Haringey Borough Council’s Tottenham Active! scheme
A man who overcame a heart attack and serious illness is training to become a fitness instructor to help those suffering with medical problems.
Steve Lewis has joined a Haringey Borough Council’s Tottenham Active! scheme and is training to become a community sports champion.
The 53-year-old, who had suffered from asthma since he was a teenager, injured his back at work in 1999 and had a heart attack a year later.
Medication for his illness, coupled with diabetes, meant he gained weight and struggled to walk 50 yards without chest pains and breathlessness.
However his doctor signed him up to the Active for Life scheme, run by the council and Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group, and Mr Lewis got fitter and healthier through walking, tai chi and cardiovascular fitness classes.
He said: “If I had to say anything about my case it would be that Active for Life was the best thing I have ever done.
“The thing I liked most was that everyone was exactly like me – there to get in shape.
“I originally thought I would be self-conscious about going to the gym, but the instructors made you feel comfortable.”
The Tottenham Active! scheme was launched last month and aims to get middle-aged and older men and women in Tottenham fit and healthy.
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