Having just turned 40, I decided as I was now officially a grown up, that I should do something to ensure my own well-being. I was never a fitness minded person. In fact, I was the kid who always skipped gym class. But after working for over 20 years as a fiber artist and spending many long hours hunched over my work I was starting to feel the strain on my body. Neck and back issues were starting to creep in. I was also travelling extensively for work and usually toting 70 to 80lbs of luggage behind me, which was becoming harder and harder to cope with. I needed to find a way to build my strength.
My first day at the gym was surreal (like I said, the kid who skipped gym class . . . ). My first goal was to make it through the first week. Before long, and much to my surprise, I was actually looking forward to my training sessions. “Small but Mighty” became my mantra and I worked hard to build up my endurance and strength. These days I rarely suffer any back or neck pain and you should see me carry my bags up 3 flights of steps in the London Underground . . . you’d never know they weigh almost as much as me!
In addition to my new-found enthusiasm for working out I have also, thanks to guidance from our nutritionist at the gym, discovered a previously unrealized interest in nutrition. As someone who suffers from both celiac disease and dairy intolerance, food has always presented some challenges. By combining a disciplined gym schedule with a health minded diet I’ve been able to maximize the benefits of working out. Taking the time and making the effort to improve my own physical well-being is so rewarding and so empowering. I only wish I had come to it sooner.
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