Beth Boxall, from Rickmansworth, has been providing exercise support for people with cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis and has used lockdown as a way to set up her business on an online platform.
Owner of Bounce Back Exercise, Beth started the business when she was inspired by family members affected by these diseases and noticed that they had often been neglected by the fitness industry.
Sadly, Beth’s uncle Tom Isaacs was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 27 and passed away very suddenly at the age of 49.
She described her uncle as a trailblazer for the Parkinson’s community after he and three other sufferers founded the Cure Parkinson’s Trust to fund research for the disease.
Beth also works with MS sufferers like her Mum by leading personalised exercise programmes to suit physical and clinical needs.
She has been posting online exercise videos free for people to watch and has received an amazing response.
She said: “Things have really taken off because of the online videos, I have had to be creative and use social media, I created Bounce Back to make sure that everyone can experience the extraordinary benefits of exercise.
“In the past people with those diseases have been told to rest, but more research has now shown that exercise can go a long way to stopping the spread and managing the symptoms and side effects.
“Launching the business during lockdown has allowed me to launch an online platform via social media and its been something different that people have tried. I think its incredibly beneficial for your mental health as well as physical health.”
After lockdown, Beth is carrying on with the online platform as she believes it can offer people who wouldn’t usually want to go out a chance to exercise, but admits she is looking forward to face-to-face sessions as soon as she can.