Anxiety & Joining The Gym #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

I wanted to write this post on why I decided to join the gym and also what it’s doing for me and my anxiety. I have never really been a gym going person but since leaving school I really wish I had taken more interest in keeping fit and not what people thought of me if I was the only one fully working out in the gym when everyone else just couldn’t be bothered and was doing the bare minimum because it was ‘the cool’ thing to do. I’ve suddenly had a kick up the backside of motivation and wanted to do something for me and to help build up my fitness as I’ve barely done anything since quitting dancing and horse riding and also tennis in the summer. I’ve been a bit lazy and not done anything good for my body but I wanted to change that. I was getting fed up of feeling depressed about my body and wanted to change it for the better. My brother had finished his football season and is usually at the gym nearly everyday so he asked me if I wanted to join him in going to his gym Anytime Fitness in Loudwater which is literally down the road from us. So I said “why not” and joined on a 3 day free trial. Surprisingly I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and ended up signing up as a complete member.

At the moment, I am currently working on my cardio and building up my stamina using the treadmill, rowing machine and bikes and then will probably move onto weights and other things later on when I eventually get fitter and stronger. Since suffering from bronchitis as a baby, my lungs have been incredibly weak and I haven’t really been able to do any long distance or extraneous cardio so hopefully I can build it up and get stronger. I am also training for hiking Snowdonia which I am doing in July with an amazing group of people which is also helping me combat my social anxiety to create some amazing memories and friends. I’m not great when talking to strangers or meeting people face to face but this will be a really good challenge for me to complete and I’ll be ridiculously happy with myself once I’ve completed it. Now I’ve joined the gym I’m able to be a lot more independent and I’m able to go whenever I want to work out and it also helps me occupy my mind whenever I feel anxious which I’m hoping will be great for me in the long run. I’m able to zone out and focus on getting fitter without anything clouding my mind and making me more anxious. Heres to a fitter and better me! 

My favourite circuit at the moment is… 
20 mins Treadmill (light jog and then 10% incline speed 5+ fast walk) 
20 mins Rowing Machine 
20 mins Recumbent Bike or Upright Bike 

I am really proud of myself on finally conquering my anxiety in a way and joining the gym to hopefully create a fitter and happier me both mentally and physically. 

Have you done anything amazing to combat your mental illness? 

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  • Louisa Rowland

    It’s really good to hear that you’ve found something you enjoy that also benefits your mental and physical health.
    Starting my blog was a turning point for me. Having that outlet and place to express myself was just such a relief and I believe it helped me when I was at my worst x

    • Shannon

      Awh thank you! Hopefully it will help benefit me more in the future and help my anxiety more! Oh I agree starting a blog was a great thing for my anxiety, helping me meet amazing people and focusing on something I enjoyed whilst creating prospects for the future x