Hello everyone, my first blog post!
I have been very inspired recently by the CSP campaign "Stronger My Way". I think it is great to see strengthening exercise championed, empowering people to become stronger - something we advocate at Pilates By Physiotherapy. As a physiotherapist it is so rewarding when we facilitate patients to achieve their goals, and whether you are recovering from an injury, managing a long term condition, or just wanting to be a bit fitter, the best place to start is with some exercise!
I have always loved running as a form of exercise. I love my job, but admittedly it can be busy and stressful, at times, working in the hospital. I don't think there is anything better than putting on my running shoes after a long day, and getting outside for some fresh air. Even when I don't feel like it at the time - if I'm tired, or its cold! - I always feel better afterwards. It helps me process the events of the day, and allows me to be fresh to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
However, it doesn't have to be just running to keep you active. It might be a brisk walk in the morning, swimming, a group exercise class, or a Pilates video - as long as you enjoy what you're doing!
As physiotherapists, we base our treatment around the patients' personal goals, to give direction and help with motivation. I also set myself goals, and so in 2022 I have decided to run a marathon!
I have signed up for York marathon in October, so training is underway! I have copied a few guides from Runners' world, and at present I'm running 3 times a week, with a strength session at the gym and 2 Pilates classes in there too, to work on my core strength. I love animals, and so to keep motivated and focused, I have decided to run for a small charity in Sunderland, "Pawz For Thought" who do inspiring work. You can donate to my JustGiving page by clicking here:
So, if you are struggling to get started or keep motivated, maybe think about a goal for yourself, something you'd like to achieve by summer 2022 or 2023 and write a weekly plan! Try to monitor your progress, and celebrate those small wins!
Thank you for reading.