People of Fitness - Mike Shaw

A man achieving his goal and riding a bike up hill wavingIn 2014 at the age of 62 I was unfortunately involved in a serious car accident which resulted in spinal, hip, sternum and foot injuries. I spent several weeks immobilised at the Queen Elizabeth Military Trauma in Birmingham. The paramedics and hospital medical staff did a great job and prevented my condition from becoming much more serious.

At home I spent many months wearing a body brace and my mobility was further impaired by a pronounced limp caused by a severe trauma injury to the right hip. I found it really hard to make the adjustment from an active exercise orientated lifestyle to a sedentary existence.  It became clear I needed specialist help.

I was more than a little apprehensive on my first visit as I have never been a gym type person but the friendly welcoming atmosphere, the professionalism of the assessments and the structured personalised exercise programs were very reassuring. The initial programs were aimed at strengthening my core and learning to move correctly again. Overtime there has been a very significant improvement in my posture and mobility. As a result of this work I am now fitter, stronger and lighter than I have been for 20 years and no longer have a limp!

I believe keeping fit is the key to a healthy mind and body and helps maintain a happier, more positive outlook on life. I also find that the sporting fraternity is very encouraging and participation is a great way to make new friends.

I am able to swim and cycle long distances completing last year’s Llangorse Lake big swim and just a few weeks ago the Velothon Wales 140km including the Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain.

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