As Fitness is a huge part of Mental Health and hearing peoples personal experiences helps others relate and share their own stories.
Trainee PT and Lifestyle Coach, Max Bradshaw shares his story with us down below.
“My fitness journey started just under 2 years ago when I was 6ft tall weighing in at a low 82kg. I played rugby (and still do) and had the prospect of moving to senior rugby looming over my head.
I knew I wasn’t big or strong enough to compete with the older groups and so as a present, I was bought a 9 month membership to 24/7 Fitness along with a Personal training session with a trainer called Sam Evans (I’m sure he won’t mind me mentioning him as I owe to him the largest part of my success).
The only goal in my head was to look like Zac Effron from the new Baywatch film (if you know the image from the film, you’ll understand how far I had to go). At first all I wanted to do was lift heavy weights and get ripped. My mental health was never something I ever thought about until I realised how amazing I felt after really pushing my body to its limits.
It really was a secondary thought to me, and once I realised how important mental health was to a healthy balanced lifestyle, I completely changed my outlook. From then on, I always put my mental health and well being ahead of anything else in my life. The release of dopamine and serotonin in your brain during exercise is a key aspect as to why exercise makes you feel so good.
Not only is exercise an instant feel good, your own results after working hard are what give you that huge confidence boost during your day to day life. I can only speak from personal experience, however this experience is one of very positive results.
If people are wanting to get involved in a life changing experience like my own, then I would say DO NOT HESITATE! You will forever be better off for making that decision. If you are someone who does not know how to go about it, just get that gym membership and either go with a friend or ask the gym manager to show you a few exercises.
Gyms are supportive atmospheres and you will always get help if you ask! other ways of doing this are joining a team. I would strongly advise this as you will become part of a tight knit family, where support will always be given.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to get active and help yourself through this tough time. Contact a family member and go for a socially distant walk for an hour or so. If the weather is bad there are hundreds of online workouts you can do with friends over video chat!!!
Become part of a community that offers constant support and will naturally make you feel good both short term and long term!!!!
Trainee PT and lifestyle coach”
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 10:01 am in Latest News.