“Walking gingerly”: Ruth Langsford shares update on painful health condition

This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford left her fans wondering recently, as she took a prolonged break from posting on her social media accounts.

The 58-year-old is usually very active on her Twitter and Instagram pages, posting regular updates on her home life and work life.

Recently, she's been updating fans almost every day, on a brand new fitness challenge she's undertaken with her personal trainer Frank, to complete 15 minutes of exercise a day. But followers of the star were left uncertain after Ruth had failed to post anything since the 18th April, meaning she'd taken over a week off of her social media.

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But late on Sunday night, Ruth finally returned to her Instagram to explain her absence. She captioned the video, 'Sorry for my absence, here's why!'. The mum-of-one went on to share that unfortunately, she had suffered from a "very painful" back injury.

In a video, Ruth explained. She said to her followers, "Hello, long time no speak. Let me explain.

"Last week, Eamonn and I went to Vegas for a week filming for our new Channel 5 series, How the Other Half Live, coming soon."

She continued, "But the night before we went, I did my back in getting my suitcase out of the loft.

"I don't know what I did, but it was very painful. And a ten-hour flight didn't help! I had to see a chiropractor when we were over in Vegas."

She explained then that she hasn't been keeping up with her 'Fit with Frank' routine, which she had earlier encouraged fans to take part in too.

Ruth Langsford said, "Consequently I haven't taken part in my Fit with Frank workouts because I didn't want to make it worse. So I am a week behind you all."

And now, Ruth has shared an update on her back pain with her followers, in a brand new video whilst walking her beloved dog, Maggie. Sadly, it seems the presenter isn't quite back to full health yet, as she admitted her back is "still dodgy".

She told fans as she walked, "Back's still a bit dodgy, so I'm going a bit gingerly."

Ruth also revealed that she's not yet back into her exercise routine as a result. She said, "No exercise for me, no Fit with Frank, just gentle walking for me with Maggie!".

Sounds like it's been a painful few days for the Loose Women presenter! Following her revelation, Ruth's fans were quick to send their well-wishes to her in the comments section of the video.

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One wrote, 'Oh...hope you get better soon Ruth. Sounds awful!!", while another said, "Best wishes for a speedy recovery from one sufferer to another. Xx'

Some other Instagram users offered up some of their sage advice to Ruth, in order to help heal her painful back. One commented, 'Take it easy and don’t over work that back'

While another offered up some practical wisdom, writing, 'Both heat and ice packs will help - and arnica/ SBC do a great gel of arnica. I so know how you feel. Big hug 😘'

We're wishing Ruth a speedy recovery.

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.