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I managed four visits to the gym last week, so I’m feeling really proud of myself.

There’s a huge difference in my breathing and general stamina, which is a great relief!

Yesterday I interviewed Cynthia Washington. I’ve known her for years, but I didn’t realise  that she could do so much!

Cynthia is 58, but could easily pass for 15 years younger. (Jealous, moi?!)

She is married with two children; a boy and a girl, and four grandchildren, with another on the way.

After her first child was born, Cynthia did cleaning and ran Tiny Games at the Freedom Leisure Centre.

In 1995 she qualified as a Gym Instructor at the YMCA in London, after commuting there every other weekend for five weekends. She’s an Exercise Referral Instructor, working with people who have been referred to the gym by their doctors, instead of being given a prescription for drugs. (Oh, if only more doctors would do this!)

CynthiaIsabellaDaisy 036 (Small)These are Medium Risk patients, with blood pressure, osteoarthritis, obesity, etc.

She’s qualified in Circuit Training, which is a circuit of exercises, usually timed.

The person doing it can work at the level that they want to work.

Then she qualified in 1st Aid at Work, including on the De-fibulator, to re-start a heart, and CPR.

She has to be checked annually.

OTAGO is a strength and balance programme run by Cynthia, mainly aimed at ages 65-90.

This is a funded course and people are referred into it.

Mainly for the lower limbs they are exercises that they can do at home as well.

And Cynthia does a Cancer Rehab Course.

Breast Cancer treatment can restrict the movement in one arm, and the classes help with this.

But apart from this, it gives them as feeling of well-being and support, being with similar people.

On top of all this, she’s learning to be a Postural Stability Instructor.

This is aimed at older, frailer people who are at risk of falling over. It’s to improve strength, balance, mobility and flexibility, and includes the upper body.

They are taught how to get on the floor, and get up again.

It’s looking to reduce fractures of the hip, which is very common and costs the National Health a fortune!

All of Cynthia’s groups inspire her. They want to be there!

CynthiaIsabellaDaisy 035 (Small) (Small)What does Cynthia do in her spare time? (Yes, she does have some!)

She does a Triathlon once a year, which is swimming, cycling and running.

Cynthia calls herself a Fairweather Cyclist! She doesn’t do it much in the Winter weather, then she starts again, cycling ‘only’ 6-8 miles, and building it up to 20 miles in one ride, followed by a half-hour run afterwards!

I asked her if she’s seen many improvements in her clients?

Oh yes, a lot! She told me.

The main thing is their self-confidence. As their ability improves, it inspires them to take walks, join classes, etc.

The GP Referral and the gym are stepping-stones to build up their confidence.

The first goal is getting in the gym twice a week.

Yes, I totally agree with that!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.