New Year- definitely ‘new me’!


I don’t make New Year’s resolutions (as I know I’m not that good at sticking to arbitrary goals) but I have decided that 2015 is the year for a change.

As you may know I have always enjoyed lots of different forms of exercise and have taken part in many sporting events (half marathons, Mountain Mayhems, Tough Mudder etc.).  My favourite form of exercise has always been running and I ran regularly, before starting my shift, up until a year ago when I was hobbled with a condition called Plantar Fasciitis.

The heel pain that this condition produces was quite uncomfortable and I had to stop running. I thought it only would be for a short while but after a whole year, two trips to a Podiatrist, three trips to a Orthopaedic Surgeon, an injection of steroids under ultrasound and more gadgets and new ideas of stretching etc. than you can imagine, I had to look again and come up with a new approach.

Not having a full complement of cartilage in both knees (rugby injuries), I ache when I cycle or when I ran and the surgeon mentioned that these would need attention in the near future, I started to think that perhaps my running days were over.  Then, as fate would have it, on New Years day I had the great pleasure of working with Marjolein Brugman, who is a passionate exponent of our Aeropilates TSV for that day.


Marjolein shrieked when I told her about my Plantar Fasciitis, which ‘she could cure’ within a few days. Now, I have long been an admirer of the Aeropilates system, but as I was so fit and active had never considered it appropriate for me.  However, I was keen to quiz her about this audacious claim. She explained that some very simple stretching exercises, done over a few days, would serious help my condition and quickly lead to it disappearing altogether.



I am naturally skeptical but realise that I have to keep myself in shape and want to be a fit as possible throughout my 50’s and beyond so I decided to get one and give a serious go.

So, 2015 will my Pilates year and I am so looking forward to seeing how it works.  Many people have told me how they would love to try one but sit on the fence as they are not sure if it is for them, so I think I will do a kind of diary with regular updates of my progress (or otherwise). Hopefully this may be of use to others who are in a similar position to me. By the way, it won’t just be my opinion as my wife is overjoyed we are finally getting one, as she has coveted the Aeropilates system for many years. My son, who is only 12, has said he wants to see if it can help balance his ‘wonky shoulders’ (which comes from a love of playing tennis 3-4 times a week).

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Whatever you plan to do in 2015, be it a diet, a new exercise regime, meditation, more reading or walking the dog or a new course, I wish you the best of luck and I will report back on my family’s progress with Aeropilates.

Happy New Year!

Simon X


  1. marie January 7, 2015 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    I have read your blog with great interest. I have had one for many years and it helped me greatly with a dodgy back which is now fine.
    unfortunately I have lost motivation and I am hoping that reading your progress will inspire me. When I bought mine it came with vhs tapes which I can no longer play. It would be great to have dvd’s to inspire me but they are rather expensive! I wish you well and look forward to read your future blogs.

  2. simon January 7, 2015 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Marie

    I am very excited about it too! Why dont you drop me a line here at QVC and I will see if I can find some DVD’s to send to you. I can’t promise anything but feel confident i can get something sorted.

    All the best

    Simon X

  3. Burnette Boatswain January 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon, I am sorry you are still suffering with the dreadful pantar fasciitis.I suffered with this awful complaint for almost two months last year, and as you will know it is absolute agony.The best thing that cured my condition was to stretch my foot on an old tupperware plastic rolling pin I found at the back of my kitchen cupboard.It is excruciatingly painful,but I did this as often as I could,then soaked my foot in hot water then applied distilled witch hazel. ant his worked for me.I hope it helps.

  4. Simon January 9, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Burnette

    Thanks for your suggestion. I have tried the roller thing but have never heard of the witch hazel idea. Well worth a try. I very hopeful about the Pilates and as the machine arrived today, I will be getting to it Monday!
    All the best

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