Having suffered for years from an unsightly skin condition, the last place I expected to find the answer to my problem was at my local health club. I had been on the antibiotic, Tetracycline, for as long as I could remember. I was constantly reading online forums, medical websites, and my medicine cabinet was so full of ‘healthy’ alternatives from the health shop, I could have opened my own store! I was aware that proper facial cleansing with non abrasive, natural products, as well as drinking plenty of fresh water could help, but the extent of infection was too deep to be cleared by a couple of glasses of water.
Spurred on by the need to lose a few pounds, I joined my local London gym. An online search revealed over 60 locations to choose from. I was spoiled for choice as to which to join, but I plumped for the one with the best car parking facilities as I needed a quick in an out in order to maintain my busy schedule. Little did I realise that my very first appointment with the instructor would lead me on a path that eventually resulted in me achieving clear skin. Her knowledge and experience of all things healthy was an inspiration. Joining my local gym was my first step to achieving fitness, with the emphasis on feeling better about myself. But her insight into my whole lifestyle was the key turning point that eventually led me to not only getting fit, but also getting blemish free skin.
It’s amazing how easily we can convince ourselves that we are leading healthy lives. I was getting my ‘five’ a day, but I was also getting about ‘fifty five’ a day of all the wrong things too. The message was simple. Take out the processed foods in your diet – and hey presto! It worked. Now it didn’t happen overnight, more like eight or nine months, but I could feel it improving almost from day 1. That might sound strange but any acne or rosacea sufferer will know what I mean. The ‘sting’ in the spot was lessening with every day. So motivated was I by this result that I embraced my new fitness regime with a new found passion. My instructor met me regularly to update my programme, tweaking each challenge so that I was suitably and appropriately tested.
If you have a mental image of sweaty people pounding on thundering treadmills, and lots of grunting and groaning at the pain of exercise, then think again. The facilities at my London gym were outstanding ,and included weights rooms, studios for dance and other classes such as yoga and Pilates; spinning rooms, swimming, sauna, and my favourite area, the freestyle area, given over to the latest in functional training equipment, as they call it, ‘the adult playground’! It’s a large space filled with all the ‘toys’ you will need to achieve core strength and top flexibility, allowing yourself to move the way God intended; twisting, leaping, bending, reaching and jumping.
The knock on effect was that the sciatic pain I had, resulting from a back injury, was also treated with targeted training as directed by my instructor. She looked upon me as a total package and suggested that all my gripes and groans stemmed from a single origin. Poor posture and habit induced behaviour. Gone are the painkillers and gone are the antibiotics. This wonderful London girl in this fantastic London gym gave new and inspired meaning to my life!