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While running has always been a passion of our June Body Leader of the Month, Reece has been running for a reason ever since his mother passed away in 2011. Reece attempted the Treadmill World Record Run last year clocking 100 kilometres in 12 hours and raised nearly $15,000 for the Cancer Council. Since then, he has competed in a number of races throughout Australia, completed The Great Wall marathon and will be running the City2South on the 16th of June in a bid to raise funds for the Cerebal Palsy League. But it hasn't been all smooth sailing for Reece and he now knows the importance of understanding his body to ensure he can keep running throughout his entire life. We recently caught up with Reece to discuss what he does as a body leader. 

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

What inspired me is I had a few minor injuries over the years and I was not doing the little things consistently (stretching, cooling down properly), amazing what doing the basics can achieve for your body.

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

Currently i do self release using a foam roller (best 30 dollars I have spent) and have recently taken up Pilates class at Body Leadership which has been awesome for my core strength, really noticed a difference after 6 sessions now.

I also always try to get a nice relaxing massage once a month to make the body feel looked after.

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

What motivates me is I want to be able to run into my older years and still be active and not feeling 100 years old at 60. If we look after our bodies now it will be able to keep going no matter what the age is. All about being sensible (something I have had to learn for sure!).

Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?

Running is my definite favourite form of exercise, I enjoy racing, but I really love the training and putting in the hard yards, really is satisfying. 

Q5. What is your top health tip?

My top tip is don't take your body for granted, if it is crying out for a rest, rest it. If you have a niggle get it seen too, to often we push through and we end up jeopardising ourselves for longer than we have too. Always take that time to reflect and ask 'how is my body, really, today?' Ensure you get the most out of yourself every time. 

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

For me I will become very tight in either the hamstrings or calves and this is a sign the body is a bit overdone and I need to ensure I either self release or see a physio to give my body the attention it deserves. 

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

For me taking the time to reflect on how my body is feeling works well for me, I use to push myself way to much when I was younger, now I try to stop and ask my body how it is feeling today. This will usually give me indication of any niggles or attention spots. 

Just stretching even when not exercising I have found has helped my flexibility a lot (I am not very flexible). 

Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?

My greatest achievement is probably last August when I attempted a world record for 12 hours on a treadmill raising money for cancer. In 2011 I lost my mum to cancer and wanted to do something positive to give something back. On August 16th 2012 (mum's birthday) I ran 12 hours on a treadmill and clocked 100.3km, I did not get the record but we raise $15 000 for the Cancer Council Queensland and made a positive difference for cancer sufferers. 

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

The goal for my body is to keep improving in both flexibility and strength as this is going to help my body be able to hopefully run until I am as old as the hills. Biggest thing is just to listen to my body at all times and not take it for granted, in the past I have taken it for granted and it shuts down on me. 

Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?

For me a body leader is someone who is in tune with their mind and body, someone who knows when enough is enough. Also someone who does the basics of looking after their body well (stretches, releases, triggers etc) and through this gets the best and most out of their body. 

We'd like to thank Reece for his time and providing us with an insight into what he does as a body leader. Keep an eye out for next month's body leader - it could be you!