David Lloyd Leisure

David Lloyd Leisure

November 09, 2010 05:02 ET

"A Successful Day Was Getting Out of Bed and Making a Cup of Tea"

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - Johanna Chalkley was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) a condition that causes chronic fatigue, painful muscles and joints, disordered sleep, poor memory and concentration, in 2006. After a series of physiotherapy and trips to the gym, Johanna freed herself of the condition and now has more energy and more drive for life.

Johanna took up exercise at David Lloyd Leisure King's Hill, in 2008 and eventually sought the help of a personal trainer, after starting her recovery with physiotherapy, occupational health and an ME Consultant.

Commenting on her recovery Johanna said: "I wasn't able to do anything at first - a successful day was getting out of bed and making a cup of tea. I then started to get help with physiotherapy and I got myself into a routine, which gradually improved my state of mind and I was able to do more. I initially went to David Lloyd Leisure to swim but my first goal was to drive there and drive home. It took a long time to build myself up to spending time there as I have to break every action into manageable steps and take everything step by step. I started by going in to the club, getting changed and then changing back straight away but eventually I managed to get into the pool and start swimming.

"I was then made redundant and took the opportunity to build my confidence further, so I started going to the gym most days, initially just walking on a treadmill. At this point I knew I needed extra help in the gym and that's when I employed a PT there and I went from not being able to do any running to being able to run 5km with ease. I even took part in Race for Life this year."

Hannah Ryder, Johanna's PT said: "When I first saw Jo she was only able to manage 10 minutes walking on the treadmill and that would be her session. Since building up her muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness she is now able to run 5km without any side affects at all. We are so proud of her achievement and will support her in her ultimate goal to run the New York marathon. With Jo's determination she will certainly get there."

Johanna has now returned to full health and is gradually decreasing the medication she is on. She has done several physical challenges for charity as new motivation for her exercise routine.

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