Meet a Health Hero: Theresa Conroy
» You can vote for Theresa on our Facebook page October 28th through November 3rd. Mark your calendar!
Name: Theresa Conroy
Occupation: Director of Yoga on the Ridge
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I want to feel as good as I can, for as long as I can. Every day I see how exercise—especially yoga—helps heal injuries, manages symptoms of disease and softens the blunt edge of aging. To fail to take advantage of that just makes no sense.
Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
Dec. 12, 2000. I had a cold with a persistent cough. I realized I couldn’t take a full, deep breath. I went to the CVS, bought a Nicotine patch, and quit smoking. I was a nervous, anxious wreck, so I turned to yoga. After the very first practice (in my basement, in front of my VCR), I realized that yoga would help me never smoke again.
What “policy” would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
Required meditation/relaxation breaks during the work day–just 10 to 15 minutes when employees can go to a serene, designated area to close their eyes and practice deep breathing.
What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Managing stress and anxiety. Before yoga, I was on medication for an anxiety disorder. Now I integrate yoga’s postures, breathing and relaxation techniques into my daily routine to maintain and enhance a positive outlook and healthy lifestyle.
What is your number one piece of health related advice/encouragement?
I tell my clients this one all the time: “Yoga works—IF you do it.” Make a commitment, a firm appointment, and do something that makes you feel better. Don’t worry about what to wear or how you look, just focus on how you feel.
Like what you’re reading? Stay in touch with Be Well Philly—here’s how:
- Like Be Well Philly on Facebook
- Follow Be Well Philly on Twitter
- Follow Be Well Philly on Pinterest
- Get the Be Well Philly Newsletter