Kathryn Sanders

Kathryn Sanders

Kathryn (62), enjoys crocheting, doing puzzles, reading, walking and riding her bike. Along with all her hobbies, she especially likes to help others. She cleans for her dentistry and cuts grass for a friend. We need more generous people like Kathryn in this world!

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Kathryn was motivated to start an exercise program. Prior to beginning the Cancer Wellness Program at Bellin Health Fitness, exercise wasn’t a part of her life. Her goals when she first started were to strengthen all of her muscles especially targeting her core. She knew when she started that strengthening her core was going to be her biggest challenge of all.

She feels very fortunate to be able to work one-on-one with certified personal trainer, Liza Margelofsky. Together they have worked on being able to activate her core muscles. When she started 2 months ago, Kathryn couldn’t raise her right leg at all. Since her improvement on engaging her core, she can now raise her leg almost vertically. She believes that personal training played the most valuable role in her success.

Kathryn’s life has changed a lot.  She is much stronger overall and has noticed a significant increase in her endurance as well. Before exercise became part of her routine, she was only able to ride her bike ½ mile, but after two months of hard work she is now able to ride up to two miles daily. There was also noticeable progress in her work on the treadmill. When she first started she was only able to walk five minutes at 1.2 mph but now she is up to 15 minutes at 3 mph.

The endurance gain she has achieved has translated into her everyday life of getting to her apartment. She currently resides on the 8th floor of her apartment building. Prior to working with Liza, she would take the elevator all the way up to her apartment. However, now she walks up to the 3rd floor and then takes the elevator the rest of the way. Before we know it, she’ll be able to walk up all eight flights!

In a short amount of time with Bellin Health Fitness, Kathryn has made significant strides. One piece of advice Kathryn would give to help others is to “Try and try again.” Her improvements did not happen overnight but she never gave up. Keep up the great work, Kathryn!