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Fit for Life – Reverse Chronic Pain… Save Your Life!

To be fit for life is to change your life for the better. It may even save your life. It saved mine. Twice.

There are so many ways fitness empowers you, and it goes far beyond how you look or how much you weigh. It’s about being free to live the life you want to live because you feel good and have plenty of energy too. Improved appearance is a perk. The real benefit is that it will probably save your life.

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Genetic Struggle is Real… and it’s Remedial

I’ve struggled with weight all my life, it seems. I got my mom’s genes and it’s been a lifelong struggle for her, but in her later years she’s pretty much given up on winning that battle, and suffers from associated health issues. So often we tend to think of exercise as being all about weight loss, or more specifically, fat loss.

Of course it is about body composition, but there are so many other positive side effects. If you’re just getting started, you may already be noticing these subtle positive changes, and you will experience many more over time in your journey to get fit for life.

Fitness frees and empowers you to live more fully.
~LeAura Alderson,

Fit for Life – Fitness Benefits

As you become more fit, you will note how you bound up stairs effortlessly, and even want to take more stairs. You will notice that at the top of the stairs, not only are you not out of breath, but you’re more energized and vibrant.

You will observe increased agility and coordination. And, you will experience how the more you move, the more you feel like moving, which begins to affect the decisions and choices in each day, as your life becomes more animated, active, engaged and energized.

Fit Life Benefits – Quick List

  • Effortless movement
  • More energized
  • Bound up stairs – energized, not tired
  • Increased agility
  • Increased coordination
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Increased heart capacity
  • Increased muscle
  • Improves eating habits
  • Improves will power
  • Improved decision making ability
  • Decreased fat
  • Decreases illness
  • Happier
  • More confidence
  • Dynamic
  • Vibrant

The more we do, the more we can do. And… it’s entirely likely that your fitness momentum will save your life.

In case you’d like to hear more of my fitness story, you can read Part One here below, and it’s also the story of how the My Trainer Fitness website and brand of products sprang to life. Or, if you want to cut to a more dramatic, life and death story, you can read that here.

The more we do, the more we can do.
~LeAura Alderson,

The First Time Fitness Saved My Life

Anyone who’s ever suffered from chronic pain knows how crippling this can be toward overall quality of life. Anyone who hasn’t experienced chronic pain, can imagine it based on your experience of being sick of injured. You know how it is when you start feeling better, it’s so incredibly energizing and empowering to feel well and strong again.

Fitness saved my life by rescuing me from chronic back pain and early loss of bone density.

Fitness saved me from chronic back pain and osteoporosis.
~LeAura Alderson,

Chronic back pain is no fun! The good news? Much of it is reversible and remedial with exercise and yoga.

Being Fit for Life – Saves Money!

I was spending hundreds of dollars each month in pain relieving measures with massage therapists and chiropractors, when it finally occurred to me that none of these were curative measures. They were only temporary fixes. I was around age 45 at that time, when it really began to register that ultimately, my health and wellness were up to me.

I wanted natural solutions, and to avoid pills and chemical prescriptions as much possible. I didn’t want to be dependent on medication or others for my health and wellness.  If I went down that road at 45, where would I be by 55..?  That was the tipping point for me. Nor did I want to get on—and stay on—calcium supplements the rest of my life. Not only is that an added expense, but they have their own negative side effects.

Fitness began my journey back to me… back to being strong, energetic, healthy, pain free and feeling like myself again.
~LeAura Alderson,

Journey Back to Health

I had been doing exercise videos at home and was getting into shape. The pain was improving, but it wasn’t eliminated.

What was missing was the bone-strengthening, muscle-building benefit of strength and resistance training using free weights and resistance machines. Looks like it was time to find a gym.

Smith Machine Wide Stance Squat 1

Smith Machine Squat 1
My Gym Trainer vol. 2

Smith Machine Wide Stance Squat 2

My Gym Trainer vol. 2


Dumbbell chest flys 1

Dumbbell chest fly
Dumbbell chest flys, LeAura-Alderson @50 – Image by MyTrainerFitness


Dumbbell chest flys 2

Dumbbell Chest Fly - LeAura Alderson @50 - Image by
My Gym Trainer vol. 2


Close Grip French Chest Press with EZ Bar

My Gym Trainer vol. 2


Treadmill Workouts

Treadmill Workouts, My Gym Trainer 2.
Treadmill Workouts in My Gym Trainer gym workouts

Gym Workouts – Best for Strength and Resistance Training

The next best way for me to get stronger was to begin strength and resistance training. The best way to do weight training is to join a gym that already has all of the equipment.

Frankly, I had avoided gyms.

I wasn’t comfortable there turning red from exertion and getting all sweaty in front of others. Nor was I comfortable in front of the mirrors, or the machines, or the dumbbells. I think many of us feel all the more self conscious as we age and the reflection we see in the mirror looks less like our best self and almost always looks older than we feel.

I didn’t know how to use the equipment, or the proper form, etc., so it was just easier not to go. It was embarrassing to stand there squinting at the machines (because I had to wear reading glasses, which didn’t work well at the gym), trying to figure out how it worked, how to adjust it and what it was for.

I had never even been exposed to the concept of weight training for women!

But, I did my homework, and discovered that those were clearly the missing pieces in my fitness regimen.

I Swallowed my Pride and Joined a Gym

I swallowed my pride and preference toward working out alone at home, joined a gym and began participating in some group classes and doing some things on my own. But I still wasn’t comfortable or confident about knowing what to do, when, how, etc. I wanted more results sooner, so it was time to hire a personal trainer.

For better and quicker results, hire a good personal trainer.
~LeAura Alderson,

LeAura with personal trainer, Jill Coleman, doing single leg squats.
LeAura at 50, with personal trainer, Jill Coleman, doing single leg squats.

She Took me to the Next Level

To find a good personal trainer, I started noticing the personal trainers at the gym. As with any profession, not all personal trainers are equal, so I observed which PT seemed to be the best. When I identified her, I signed on and began working out with her two times a week, and on my own four days a week.

My personal trainer pushed me to do so much more than I thought possible. She knew I could do it.
~LeAura Alderson,

My Back Began to Heal

As I started getting stronger, my back kept getting better, and my overall fitness level improved significantly. My body composition shifted to less body fat and with more lean muscle mass for better shape and tone.

I wanted to keep on doing our personal trainer workouts on my own during the other days of the week, and to know what to do and how to do it better. For best results, 2x/week was just not enough to truly get fit for life.

Fitness will be the best investment of your life.
~LeAura Alderson,

PT’s are fantastic. If you can afford them, then go for it! But most of us can’t pay for a PT 3-6x/week, at $180-$360. I wanted to be able to continue those fantastic workouts on my own during the other days.

I still wasn’t familiar or confident enough at the gym to be sure that I was getting a good and systematic workout on my own. I would cut out magazine workouts and download some from the Internet and glue them onto index cards so that it wouldn’t be so flimsy.

But that took loads of time, the ink and clippings didn’t hold up to water and sweaty hands, and more importantly, the free workouts were never in any kind of logical and extended sequence.

“Wouldn’t it be great if someone created laminated cards of personal trainer workouts to go, in systematic order for a comprehensive and integrated workout program?”, I thought.

How My Trainer Fitness Got Started

Hmm… If I wanted a portable, do-it-yourself trainer, maybe others would too. I bet you may have said that about something at some point, the “someone should” idea..? Well, I decided it was time to shift from thinking “someone should make…” to why don’t we do it?

My favorite thing is to share good things with others, especially things that help to elevate and empower them. That’s when I conceived of creating the My Trainer Fitness workouts for the gym, work, and at home.

I wanted to help more people have access to some of the best workouts on sturdy laminated cards that could be used over and again for months and years of fitness success.

Life is Movement. Movement is Life.
~LeAura Alderson,

Magazine and online workouts we find are great, but they don’t usually come in an orderly, systematic sequencing to help us have a continuously progressing workout over the week, with lots of variety to keep things interesting.

If we invest in DVD’s, that’s often just one or two different workouts, maybe a few more, depending on which program. With the My Gym Trainer manuals each binder, contains 24 gym workouts to do over and over again.

And, the My Trainer Fitness 6 packs each contain 6 different workouts that can be done over and over again.

I couldn’t find portable gym workouts and exercise cards for the gym. So I created it.
~LeAura Alderson,

Chronic Pain Gone, Osteopenia Reversed!

Today, if I have back trouble, it’s a rare and passing thing, and the osteopenia, (precursor to osteoporosis) was reversed. My bone density is again in the healthy “green” zone.

Fitness gave my life back to me.
~LeAura Alderson,

So, that’s how fitness saved my life the first time: it gave me pain-free days, full of energy, health and vitality!! If you’ve ever been in extended pain, or even just sick with the worst virus you’ve ever had, you know exactly what that’s like, and what it means to recover.

Fitness is empowering and restorative.  Our bodies were designed to be active and strong.  Movement is how our brain works and it’s how our entire cardiovascular and circulatory system works. Exercise and fitness is about being fit for life and able to live the life you want to live.

THANKS for reading, and in case you’re interested, I’ve shared the other—more dramatic story—of how fitness saved my life in this article.

Get life. Get moving. Get fit. Get strong. Get fit for life!
~LeAura Alderson,

Will you share your story with us? We’d love to hear how you got started. What was your tipping point for investing in your fitness and finally deciding to commit to it?

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