People of Fitness Laura

POF LauraHaving 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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