I love this interview with Jenny, it’s packed full of inspiration. From body image concerns to fitting exercise into her busy day. From learning to guide a visually impaired runner to being a role model for her patients. Her stories of breast cancer, depression and odd shaped bottoms will have you reaching for your parkrun barcode. I’m super grateful to her for sharing her life so we can all benefit from her wisdom and enthusiasm. A true #ActiveWoman.
Tell us a bit about yourself Joanne I’m 47, married and mother to four children aged 14-20. I’m currently working as an administrator for the NHS. I don’t enjoy it but until I find something more fulfilling it’ll have to do! I am @girlwotruns on Twitter and you can also find me on Facebook.
I love this Active Women interview with Sumita Sarma. From growing up with Bollywood in India to discovering exercise through desperation, there’s something we can all learn from it. It really reflects the fact that the benefits of being active go vastly beyond the way our body looks. The sky is the limit for Sumi.
It was actually a blog that Leigh wrote that gave me the idea to start this interview series. She’d posted a photo of her pink boxing gloves and explained how becoming active and punching stuff was helping her to improve her wellbeing and cope with all that life had thrown at her (and that’s more than most of us have had to deal with). To me she was a shining example of how finding the activity that suits you is crucial and how the benefits are huge. I love the way she has gone on to inspire others by posting lots of her exercise sessions online. Do pop over to her blog to have a look, especially if you’re lacking in motivation. Boy, she works hard! Tell us a bit about yourself Leigh I’m a communications professional, writer, wellbeing coach, and patient leader. In 2014 at just 24 weeks’ pregnant I was diagnosed with the rare, life-threatening pregnancy complication HELLP syndrome. Unless the baby is born, both mum and baby will die. Sadly, my son …
It doesn’t have to be a major health barrier that stops us from being active. Often it’s just everyday life making us feel too tired or a dose of self-conciousness preventing us stepping out the front door. In this, the 4th interview in my Active Women series, I talk to Cheryl Speight who overcomes these types of barriers and reminds us that we can do it too. What have we got to lose?
Welcome to the third of my Active Women interviews. Today I talk to Kate Lewis, a mum of two tiny ones who likes to run. Exercise plans and intentions often dissolve during pregnancy and afterwards when there are little people to care for. I was impressed by Kate’s determination to keep active. She knows the power activity has to maintain her mental health and after suffering post natal depression she’s keen to snap up even the briefest of windows to do some exercise.
I’ve had an overwhelming response to my new interview series. Thank you everyone! There are so many of you out there willing to share your exercise journeys and explain how you became active and most importantly how you manage to keep it up despite life throwing things at you. It’s really motivating and encouraging to hear about women who are out there just ‘doing it’. It helps us all through the days when simply pulling on a pair of trainers seems an impossible task.
Welcome to my new ‘Active Women‘ interview series. I’m passionate about helping inactive people to become active. There are just so many barriers stopping women from making exercise part of their lives. Time, health issues and lack of confidence are just three that spring to mind.