I am a mum of two and I gave birth to my youngest son at 41. I soon found that I began to ‘pile on the pounds’ being a stay-at-home mum. Prior to this I had been working full-time, commuting into the City and attempting to balance the demands of a career and motherhood. In those days I didn’t have much time available for exercise. I had also started to experience low back pain.
In 2006, my young son was diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and this led to further weight gain for me as I struggled to come to terms with his disability. When he started in full-time education I joined my local health and fitness club and decided to lose weight. I immersed myself in exercise.
I developed problems with my lower back again and suffered a bout of sciatica, which put me out of action for six weeks! I visited a local chiropractor and embarked on a course of treatment. Pilates was recommended to me as a way of managing low back pain, so I joined a class and became hooked. My Pilates journey had begun!
Pilates provided me with a focus and a challenge; within a few months I was also pain free, had a more toned physique and improved posture. It boosted my self-image and I began to feel good about myself again.
“If at the age of 30, you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60, you are supple and strong, then you are young.” ~ Joseph Pilates