Reinventing Caroline: Her Road to Living Well

Caroline is a resident of my community in southwest Florida. Last year she was asked to join a new exercise program at our fitness center, “Living a Healthy Life,” but initially declined. While she’d previously been athletic, playing competitive tennis as well as golf, skiing and cycling, recurring injuries plus a chronic back problem had led her to eliminate all sports. She maintained a minimal program at the fitness center.

She said, “I was strongly encouraged to join the program in spite of my health issues and, as a result of doing so, my life has turned around. A personal trainer developed a program that compensated for my disabilities and the support of a group of individuals of similar age encouraged me to exercise beyond what I thought I could do, in a safe environment. I now stand up straight and, for the first time in years, have a strong core that supports my back and have a much higher level of overall fitness. My muffin top is almost gone!

“Of course, I still have my chronic back problem and arthritis, but I just FEEL better – stronger, happier and with more energy – a real change from just giving up at 70 and feeling that’s just the way it is. With the help of a well-designed program and the support of a group with similar goals I’ve been reinvented!”

Six months later Caroline added:

“It’s hard to believe that it’s now six months since I started the program. I’ve lost 20 pounds, now have sculpted arms and, most important, a very strong core that allows me to stand straight in spite of degenerative disc disease.

“To my surprise it’s been quite easy to continue with healthy eating and exercise. Once the results started to be apparent, I couldn’t wait to get to the gym and keep going. Group members continue to see one another at the gym, complimenting and supporting our progress and success.”

This is an excellent example of what we can do if we are properly encouraged. What are the keys to Caroline’s success?

• Having a qualified trainer to help overcome her limitations and motivate her to work beyond what she thought she was capable of doing and

• Being part of a support group.

It’s sometimes amazing what we can accomplish with a bit of qualified advice and support – plus the determination to stick with the program.


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