>Leaping over diabetes to inspire others

Leaping over diabetes to inspire others

Laura Brashear is our newest Punk Rope instructor. She’s teaching multiple Punk Rope classes in the Harrisburg, PA area. She also teaches boot camp and youth fitness classes and provides a number of other health and wellness services including small group and personal training. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Laura in person, but I hope that day will come soon. Laura is one of approximately 1.25 million people who have Type 1 diabetes (about 29 million people have Type 2 diabetes). Laura was kind enough to answer my questions. See below for our conversation.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Please consider contributing to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an orgranization that means a lot to Laura. Here’s a link to Laura’s fundraising page.

TIM
You’re currently leading more Punk Rope classes each week (4) than any other Punk Rope instructor in the world. How did you become interested in rope jumping in general and in Punk Rope specifically?

LAURA
When I became a personal trainer I knew I wanted to work with children. I always try to make their classes fun and use less traditional exercise equipment especially in larger group settings. We used jump ropes one day and I wanted to expand on the fun the kids were having because I know how much jumping rope benefits a person overall. When researching jump rope programs, the name Punk Rope drew me in big time as I’ve always loved punk and ska music. I knew it would be a great fit to incorporate the awesome music and games with the jump rope intervals. It makes everyone smile plus they get a killer workout.

TIM
You and I agree that it can be limiting to define oneself by a condition, illness, or disease. On the other hand, you yourself have not let Type 1 diabetes stand in your way. I find that very inspiring. How have you personally battled Type 1 diabetes and what would you say to others who are coping with it to help motivate them to be more physically active?

LAURA
Processing the diagnosis at age 22 was very difficult and it definitely impacted my life hard and fast. Depression and fear ruled my world for years. But I knew that if I didn’t take action nothing would get better. There are so many studies that show how beneficial exercise can be for Type 1s, most importantly increasing insulin sensitivity. With prices of insulin being so high it seems so necessary to find a way to be able to inject less on a daily basis. Exercising releases endorphins which also help lower stress levels, which benefits my glucose levels and my mood.

TIM
What are some of your favorite songs to jump rope or work out to?

LAURA
I don’t know if I can even choose! Anything upbeat keeps me wanting to move and sing along. 1970s punk bands like The Ramones, Dead Kennedys, and Operation Ivy are always great. But my two all-time favorite bands are Bloodhound Gang and Lynryd Skynyrd.

TIM
What’s your favorite jump rope move and why?

LAURA
I really like experimenting with different moves. Right now I’m working on perfecting solo jumping with the rope sideways. I don’t know if there’s a name for the jump, but it’s pretty much a basic bounce with arms in front and behind so I jump with the rope on one side of my body.

TIM
Are there any other pearls of wisdom you’d like to share with our readers to inspire them to get or stay active?

LAURA
Find something you love to and do it. There are so many ways to start becoming more active, from a walk around your neighborhood to hula-hooping in your living room. And find a friend or loved one who will do it with you. That support system is imperative in maintaining your accountability. Having my husband to push me is the main reason I succeed in obstacle course races like The Spartan Race.

By | 2018-11-11T18:54:18+00:00 November 11th, 2018|inspiration, mind-body connection, motivation|0 Comments

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