I am a 46 year old mother of two grown up children. I started my working life at 17, going straight into healthcare working in residential nursing homes. When my children started school I retrained as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist and started my new business in 2001.
I was always good at sport at school and wanted to combine that with healthcare. I was always particularly insterested in working with the elderly. At school I was a good gymnast and runner and aslo played badmington and enjoyed kick boxing and Kung Fu for 10 years. As I got older I tried many different sports, from horse riding to rowing, tennis, cycling, boxing and MMA but it was running that I really enjoyed, which has led me to complete a number of marathons and also ultra endurance events.
I worked with a Podiatrist for a number of years and gained a valuable insight into gait anylasis. I also worked in the NHS as part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering balance and saftey workshops for my local day hospital, which also included work with the Falls Clinic and COPD classes.
I have taught circuit training, spinning classes, kettle bells, primal flow and core conditioning classes. I have also qualified as a GP Referral Exercise Specialist and gained an advanced qualification in exercise for lower back pain and exercise specialist for co-mordibilities.
Up until quite recently I became an ultra runner and took part in a number of prestigious events. I have now hung up my running shoes and enjoy strength training, gym sessions, yoga, pilates and taking my three dogs out for a plod.
I have spent the past 18 years in this industry and expanding by knowledge base in both physiology, anatomy, injuries, special populations and have studied to an advanced level.
Exercise is for everyone and part of staying fit is developing a good routine. Exercise needs to be a habit, a part of ones life. It also needs to be enjoyable otherwise whats the point?
I believe that exercise needn't be complicated. Some of the most simple exercises are the best and often the ones that require no equipment but are functional and aid our everyday lives, for instance carrying the shopping, playing football with the kids or just running up the stairs or running to catch a bus.
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