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Going from a pack a day smoker to marathon runner, our July Body Leader of the Month is proof you can change your life if you want to. Since taking up running Mel is healthier, happier and motivated to keep improving. Last year Mel decided to take on her greatest challenge yet, the Gold Coast Marathon. Facing a calf injury in the lead up to the marathon, Mel has learnt to understand her body and how to prevent injuries to ensure she made it to that finish line. Body Leadership Australia Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan, recently caught up with Mel to discuss what she does as a body leader.

Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?

After smoking a pack a day for nearly 18 years, I decided it was time to make some changes in my life. So I quit smoking and took up running. 

Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?

I run 4-5 days a week, try to eat right, take vitamins, and make sure I get lots of sleep. 

Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?

I love feeling fit and healthy. I have heaps more energy, and I'm a much happier person. I love being the best me I can be. 

Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?


Q5. What is your top health tip?

Find a form of exercise you love, stop making excuses and get out there and do it.

Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?

I get little niggles, and I pull up sore after a run. So I know something's not right and I need to get it sorted.

Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?

I make sure I get the right advice, and then follow that advice to the letter, so I know I'm giving myself the best chance to recover and get back out there. 

Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?

Running the 2012 Gold Coast Marathon.

Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?

For my body to stay fit and healthy, as I have heaps more running to do. 

Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?

Someone who treats their body with respect, knows their limits and when it's time to seek help from the professionals.

We'd like to thank Mel for her time and insights into what she does as a body leader. We are all very proud of her for completing the marathon and wish her luck with all her future endeavours!