“I started doing yoga every day. I was doing it because I knew it was good for me.”
- Hannah Mc.
"I truly believe that being fit was what helped me get through chemotherapy after I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2014. My body was strong, so that when my system was zapped, I could still function. I didn’t suffer with fatigue once and even taught Bodyattack, a high-energy aerobics class with moves inspired by sport and athletics, during my treatment.
"For the zillionth time, I confronted my reality: Spin was something I'd never done. Being good at this was going to take time. Just because I wasn't perfect off the bat didn't mean that I couldn't be great. It didn't mean that I didn't have potential. It didn't mean I wasn't working hard...
“I went through the gym phase years ago. I went twice and that was it. It wasn’t until I realized that I had not choice but to work out that my motivation kicked in. There’s nothing like the dreadful though that you may end up in a wheelchair [due to multiple sclerosis] to motivate you to move your butt.”
"Keeping fit gives you purpose, keeps you young and ensures balance, posture, stamina and strength are as good as they can be. I really don’t want a fractured hip – I’ve seen the devastation it can cause."
"Fear mostly motivates me [to move]: the fear of not being able to be active, of not being able to crank it up, and of losing physical abilities. Today, I am here and can do it, so I better dig a little deeper and resolve to improve."
“Exercise is my medicine because I am making the effort to stay healthy without any prescriptions!”
"Yoga helps me breathe deeply, where I couldn't before. It allows me to move my body with an open heart. I probably don't look very graceful when I practice, and if you had told me as a child or young adult - when I was so actively at war with myself and living in a culture that was at war with me - that I would someday feel at home in my own skin, I wouldn't have believed you. But I can tell you now; there is something about the magnitude of grace that happened when my body, soul, and breath are aligned. That is what yoga offers me: an inexplicable gift and invitation to experience that grace."
“I’m just really pleased [with my 12-hour indoor track cycling world record]. I was really pushing my limits in terms of pain and physical ability and what I wanted to get out of it was to show what people with epilepsy can do. The biggest sense I’ve got coming out of it is pride, not just for the ride itself but more for the fundraising and the awareness. It’ll hopefully have more of a lasting legacy than a couple of certificates.”