I’m getting more and more opportunities to share what I know and think through public speaking, to groups, large and small and it’s something that I really enjoy … after the nerves have settled of course! Last week was no exception and I was thrilled to have been asked by Katie Harper from Cumbrian Girls Can to talk at an evening they were hosting in Workington in West Cumbria. I love West Cumbria, I worked at the West Cumberland Hospital for 18 months as a Junior Doctor, met my husband and got married there too so it’s a special place for me. How fantastic to go back many years later to speak.
I’m still feeling stunned! My book Sorted: The Active Woman’s Guide to Health won first prize in the Popular Medicine category at the British Medical Association Medical Book Awards on September 4th. What an incredible honour which hasn’t fully sunk in.
Knee pain is a common reason for people to stop exercising, particularly running. I recently hosted a Guest Blog by Alexandra Merisoiu who uses natural movement techniques to help people run with a healthy technique and reduce injuries. It was a very popular post and I had lots of feedback about how interesting it was. Helping people to overcome their barriers and keep active is my passion and this Active Women Interview Series has been a brilliant forum to share stories of some of the amazing women who are doing just that.
Data from the Office of National Statistics showed that in 2014 there were 4.2 million people regularly working from home. With studies demonstrating reduced stress, increased happiness and increased productivity, it’s no wonder that this figure is increasing all the time. As you may know, I had a recent change in career direction and I now find myself working from home 90% of the time. I love it. I love my house and enjoy spending time in it, I work well there. I have however found that I have to make an effort to be active during my working day. I don’t have colleagues to walk over to talk to, a coffee room to visit and I don’t need to nip out to get a sandwich at lunch time. I don’t have a commute, there’s no stroll to the bus stop, no crammed train to stand on and no brisk ‘late for work’ walk. So, whilst I’m happier, I’m aware there’s a risk I may not be healthier. Reducing our sedentary time is an important part …
There are so many benefits of exercise. From getting fitter and helping control weight, to easing stress and lifting mood. I certainly began learning to run, hoping for the former and continued when I realised the latter. One of the unexpected benefits I discovered however was the ability that exercise has to empower.
I’m happy to welcome Laetitia to the Active Women interview series. She became active when she was struggling to cope with the concept of being pregnant and now fitness is a huge part of her life. Baby number three has just arrived and she is desperate to get back to high intensity exercise but knows there are some important steps to take first.
Everyone’s barriers to activity are different. Ann explains how she had pretty much given up exercise in her twenties due to long term back pain. She discovered for herself how exercise is really important in managing and preventing back pain. Read about how she overcame it and the amazing, active things she’s getting up to now, in this latest #ActiveWomen interview!
UPDATED INTERVIEW. With the London Marathon just around the corner I know that this Active Women Interview is going to hit the mark for those of you thinking that maybe one day you’d like to run but don’t really think you can. I want to introduce Alex Barnes who only twelve months ago could barely run for 30 seconds. She is about to line up at the start in London and during her running journey, she’s discovered a whole lot more than how to run, along the way.
Wow! I can’t actually believe it’s one year since my book Sorted: The Active Woman’s Guide to Health was published. Time has flown by. Many authors liken writing a book to giving birth and there are certainly many similarities.
Today I’d like to introduce Sarah Clancy. She is running a campaign called Wild In Herts to inspire families and children to get more active and explore in and around Hertfordshire. Her passion for activity shone through in this campaign so I got in touch and asked her if she would take part in this Active Women Interview series so we could all benefit from a little of her enthusiasm!