Last summer the UK government requested that people working in London worked from home during the Olympics to avoid traffic congestion. Not everyone is happy with this idea. Although there are many benefits for homeworking it can be a lonely existence, it gives little chance to bounce ideas off colleagues, the line between work and play is less distinctive, there is a danger of working all hours and for me the thought of not going out of the front door is a bit scary. Michelle was just one such person who joined SE Fitness 12 months ago.
Michelle Stammers says ‘Being a home based Personal Travel Advisor can be a lonely business at times. I decided I needed to get out more, meet potential new clients and try and get fitter. In February 2011, I saw an advert in my local newspaper that would change my life. It was a walking/running group for all ages and abilities run by the ex Olympian athlete Sally Ellis. I joined the walking group and this was the start of my journey. First of all power walking once a week, then twice a week and then I became fit enough to join the complete beginners running group.
It’s now February 2012. I am now a licensed run leader for Sally Ellis leading groups in my spare time, inspiring and motivating others to run and walk for pleasure. I have competed in many local races for fun and also to raise money for charity. My next goal is the Birmingham half marathon in October.
So, just one small step and a bit of bravery completely changed my life and I am no longer a lonely home worker but a very happy, fitter, healthier home worker with lots of new friends. Oh and by the way, I am 44 and it’s the best I have ever felt.’