2 Years with Nike
2 years ago I started something that ended up changing my life. I know that sounds so romantic but in all honesty it’s true. Growing up I was never overly physically active, I played the occasional sport but that was about it. At the age of 16 I suffered from a concussion that resulted in post concussion syndrome. The way my body reacted to the concussion is not how everyone reacts; with the post concussion syndrome my cognitive skills diminished and migraines that never left, the first one lasting 8 months straight.
After seeing many doctors from neurologists to chiropractors, I was able to manage the pain and work on my cognitive skills. Even though I was making progress I was told to not work out, run or have too much brain stimulation. Needless to say for years I felt like a zombie; living on different pain killers each day and visiting doctor after doctor trying to regain control over my life. During this time I lost a lot of motivation, I never desired to be active and healthy.
Fast forward about 6 years and I decided it was time to start working out; something that was so foreign to me. At this point I was in university working on my bachelors degree and living in chronic pain. I was suffering from about 3-5 migraines a week, some lasting up to 20 days at a time. This was not the life I imagined at 22 and I knew that things had to get better. Still not seeing results from the multiple doctors I visited I knew that the change had to come from me.
I started this journey by visiting my schools gym, mostly because a friend dragged me there and held me accountable. As much as the gym was beneficial, it was never fun and I’m a true believer in doing things that you enjoy, so I started looking for other options. A friend mentioned a new Nike class happening in Toronto and after reading into it a bit more I figured why not give it a shot. So two years ago around Thanksgiving I attended my first Nike Training Club class at Academy of Lions gym.
I still remember that first class, having a group of women cheering each other on in an energetic atmosphere. I also remember how sore I was the next day, almost unable to take stairs. This was a feeling I wasn’t use to but I actually enjoyed the soreness. So I continued to go; each class was a different workout full of challenges. Fast forward and I’ve become a regular at NTC classes, meeting so many amazing women and feeling great on top of it all.
My chronic pain is no longer chronic; I only have 2-6 migraines a month now. That change is probably one of the biggest changes in my life. Feeling healthy and energetic is something I never thought I’d get back. I’ve also started running with the Nike Run Club, finding joy in being physically active. I can honestly say NTC has changed my life; the person I was 6 years ago to who I am now is almost a full 180. I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity to push myself and make a change for the better; the Nike family family I’ve met over the past two years is just that, family. I strongly recommend getting involved with Nike Training Club, if you’re in Toronto you can sign up for classes here and if you can’t make classes, download their NTC app here and challenge yourself next time you’re at the gym.