Sophie Holmes is a qualified personal trainer who happens to have cystic fibrosis (CF). Sophie felt really well until she was 19 years old. Disruption in her life then caused her lung function to drop to 60 per cent in three months. Following three weeks laid up in the Royal Brompton Hospital, hooked up to monitors, undergoing a barrage of tests to try to find the cause of her dramatic drop in lung capacity, Sophie made the decision to regain 100 per cent lung function. She started running, qualified as a personal fitness trainer, and now, four years on, at the age of 24, she runs her own personal fitness company and hits the gym and lifts weights six days a week.
Sophie is in demand for filming, photo shoots and modelling for fitness brands and fitness clothing. She hopes to develop this over the coming years and she says it gives her an opportunity to raise awareness of CF with all the people she works with who may not have come across it before. In turn she hopes it will help to raise money for research into CF. ‘Hopefully a cure will be found – even if it’s not in my lifetime,’ she says.
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For someone with cystic fibrosis, exercise is vital to ensure they are fit and healthy to fight off the infections that often hospitalise them multiple times each year. What better way to show your support for those with CF and to support the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust than pulling on your walking shoes and joining Great Strides 65 – a 65km (40-mile) team walking challenge through the countryside. As Sophie says, “There are always things you can do to try and improve your health and exercise and good nutrition are key.”
For further information on the Great Strides 65 challenges, that take place across the UK this Summer please click on the following link and search for a Great Strides near you: https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/events