Jayne - Felixstowe
Our Suffolk ambassador Alex has had a positive impact on Jayne from Felixstowe. Read Jayne's story here:
Alexandra is my daughter. She has never been great at keeping fit in the past, when she starting running I was seriously impressed. Then she became an Supporter and started looking at ways to involve other people, I was just so proud. I suddenly thought "Well, if Alex can get up and run 5k before work with two young children and a full time job, I'm pretty sure I can too!". At 54, I am aware that keeping fit and active is perhaps even more important than when I was younger. This campaign has proven that anyone, no matter what age, weight, shape or size, can find something they enjoy that will also help them to keep fit. The barriers I have faced are the same as most other busy ladies I expect; trying to schedule time for running, finding the motivation when it's cold and dark outside, injuries that stop you training and then put you back weeks. Other females should get involved in physical activity because apart from the obvious health benefits there is the "feel-good factor" - when you finish that run you really didn't feel like doing, or you score your first net at netball, or finally manage 50 lengths of the pool, you feel amazing! If you take up a team sport or join a running club or even just become a regular at the aerobics class, you'll meet new people and, hey, you already have something in common. The thing I notice the most, both when running and when I have finished a good run, is the calming effect it has on me. I have quite a stressful job and sometimes work long hours; it can be hard to disengage at times. When I'm running I can just get lost in the ryhthm of the movement and my breathing - this is incredibly calming.