Tuesday, February 6th

I hate asthma, its side-effects and it brings back bad childhood memories. It’s why I hate the smell of hospitals, doctor surgeries and anything to do with being in an ambulance (no offence to all the great NHS workers at the gym).

I had as a child pretty bad, and I was often in hospital in the middle of the night, and could never sleep with it. I was short of breath all day today, and the cold weather often brings it on.

Standing still is worse for me. Exercising of any kinds helps me enormously, and then it passes a couple of days later.

Many of you have asthma, many of you struggle with it big time on occasions, so I fully sympathise with you.

Your airways are all important. That feeling of not being able to breathe properly is tedious at best, and scary at worst.

Night time is always worst for me. It is colder, and I pray I can get some sleep to wake up feeling rested in the morning.

What is more scary than ALL of this is feeling like this ALL of the time. This can easily be achieved by never exercising, eating rubbish, and not often experiencing fresh air very often.

Struggling to breathe is a basic human need denied, and I’m glad I don’t have it very often. Breathing issues of any kind are hideous, and we should all be glad of the power of exercise to let us emerge from this darkness.

Tomorrow is another day, I know I have only had one day off in 30 years, and that was a half day. First thing I know in need fresh air, I need to listen to a good book, and I know by 9am when I arrive at the gym, I will be VERY fired up.

See you soon,

Tuesday, 29th January

We all remember our best times when we had unlimited energy and didn’t have pain and aches in our bodies, but yet we never often appreciate it.

We soon recognise though when we aren’t at the top of our game. We pant, we get tired easily, everything hurts again and the process of getting fit seems a real battle.

After a few sessions though, a glimmer of light emerges. You wake up a little brighter, your sleeping gets better and a smile cracks on your face a little more often.

You have to promise yourself that this time really is different. This time you don’t want to leave it go, and the feelings of wellbeing that comes in spades with it.

You don’t want to go back to those feelings of helplessness when you didn’t feel well, and those times when you blamed the pain in your body on getting old.

This time you need to cherish your opportunity, love the situation you have created for yourself with so many encouraging people, and decide today that you will never go back to those dark times ever again.

Don’t live your life in the shadows and in darkness. Forget the dark past you may have had and live life with sun shining on your face.

Your workouts this week will always be the catalyst to feeling incredible. Your choice, nobody else’s so don’t let anyone take this great feeling away from from you.

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