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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