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Getting some perspective

Mindset and a positive outlook can change everything when it comes to the way we approach our bodies. Ali Roff shares her experience…

The kind mind

PHOTOGRAPH: LAURA DOHERTY

This morning I woke up feeling a little stiff, but I hopped out of bed as usual, bent down to grab my gym kit from its drawer, and BAM! White hot pain shot up my back. Frozen, I backed up and lowered myself onto the bed. Every movement hurt. Stuck there, I called for help. How could I have crippling back pain aged 30? I practise yoga, I eat well, I train my back and core muscles to prevent exactly this. Yet, as I waited, I thought of a friend I lost to cancer – a fitness and netball fanatic who, like me, lived a healthy lifestyle because she enjoyed being in good shape.

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