Health and fitness, in many ways, has been the one constant in my life, the one thing that has always helped me and genuinely is one of the most important parts of my life. I noticed this more than ever on two occasions in my life when I had that option taken away from me.
Over the past five years I have had two ruptured patella tendons which needed reattaching via reconstructive surgery, one in each knee. The first one completely knocked me off my feet for about 6 months, I became depressed, I put on weight and I hated everything that being inactive had made me become. I was lethargic, I had no energy, I was miserable. But I recovered.. slowly and painfully. It wasn’t until I was able to start training again that I started to feel like my old self. I was losing weight, I was happy, I was motivated. I started to work in the fitness industry because of how important I realised it was to me, I wanted to spread that message and help others achieve their goals and then…
4 years later, I had the same injury on my other knee. This time I wasn’t going to let it beat me. This time from getting off the surgery table I was back training within a week. I was modifying exercises, trying things I had never tried before to keep me moving and to keep me focused. My recovery time and my mental health improved dramatically and I incorporated all of this into how I train, how I work with people and how I teach group exercise. I can relate, empathise and help you overcome those barriers that might be stopping you from being active.
The options that I chose, firstly being inactive and secondly being active, had a profound difference, not only on my recovery, but also my physical and mental well being. I could easily have reverted back to that person that I hated when I looked in the mirror. But I will go back to it again, health and fitness is my constant. And without it I have no idea what I would be.. And I never want to know!
Being active and helping other people be active has completely changed my life. Are you ready to change yours too?