In the spring of 2015 I completed my latest qualification through The British School of Yoga. This gives me the title of a Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer, which some training companies also call GP Referral. A few months later I was admitted to hospital suffering with an irregular heartbeat.
I thought I was in control of my body and was perfectly healthy. But some things cannot be controlled by me and I needed help from the medical profession.
I have never been in this situation before and it made me realise what a scary experience it is to put your life in other peoples’ hands. It really knocked my self confidence.
I am now taking the correct medication and, as I have always tried to do, I listen to my body. If I should sit down because I am tired or I need to avoid stressful situations, then that is what I do.
My new qualification deals with many physical and mental issues, conditions and disabilities that benefit from exercise. This is physically and through the positive feelings that exercise generates. Since my initial qualification in 2001, I have witnessed many people enjoying greater self-confidence from an exercise programme.
I feel that my experience has given me more empathy with clients recovering from an illness or operation. Each client has their own individual needs and preferences. It is important that I can be gently encouraging, listen to my client and give positive feedback.
I am continuing with my profession as a Personal Trainer and adding “Rehabilitation Exercise” to my list of skills. If you would like more details please read the Rehabilitation and Qualification pages on my website.