Chloe’s Sprint to a Healthy Mind and Body

13/05/19

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Did you know that exercise can improve your mental health? Studies have shown that people who are more physically active have more positive emotions and higher levels of self-esteem.

Chloe, a Fitness Instructor at Fitness Flex Mansfield, says that exercise boosted her mental health when she battled with anxiety and depression.

I was under a lot of pressure at University and began to struggle with anxiety and depression. I wasn’t happy. I wanted a career in fitness but could make the move.

I was emotionally trapped; I would stay in my room at university and not socialise at all.

One event changed Chloe’s life for good…

I saw the Marathon on television and had a sudden feeling of empowerment and self-belief which allowed me to make life altering decisions.

I decided I would leave university to pursue a career in fitness and I vowed to myself that one day I would run the London Marathon.

I applied for a course at our local college and entered my name for the London Marathon Ballot for the following year. Unfortunately, my ballot entry was unsuccessful, but I soon started college.

The weekly gym sessions made an immediate change to my mood and my confidence began to grow even if only slightly. 

I became confident enough to re-join my local running club and enter local races and events. I enjoyed having something to look forward to.

Having a group of likeminded people to socialize with made me feel like I was part of something - and most importantly that I was not alone.

Luckily, the running club gets two places a year for the London marathon and I was fortunate enough to get my name pulled from the hat.

I followed a four-month training plan vigorously and without even really trying my mental health had improved drastically. 

Not only were the extra endorphins giving me the boost I needed but having something else to focus on and fill my brain was just the distraction I needed! 

I completed the London marathon and ran the whole way around, feeling very grateful for the experience and realising how lucky I was and still am to be here. 

Since then, I have completed the Palma de Mallorca marathon and two half iron distance triathlons. 

I can only imagine how much more my mental health would have deteriorated if I hadn’t pushed myself to exercise - I was extremely lucky in my situation but there is a sport or an activity for everybody. 

You don’t have to run a marathon to feel better- start with walking, it’s free and doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time!

Exercise taught me that there are healthy ways to manage my emotional state - even now, if I am feeling myself getting pulled down I push myself to the gym to lift weights and it has always had a positive effect on me - motion is the lotion and there is a lotion for everybody!

Want to chat to Chloe about her experience?

She works at Fitness Flex Mansfield and is onsite 5 days a week. If you would like to meet her for a cuppa and see how we can start your wellness journey, feel free to pop in or contact her on chloe.paylor@bpl.org.uk

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                                                                      Pictured: Chloe completing the London Marathon.




I can only imagine how much more my mental health would have deteriorated if I hadn’t pushed myself to exercise - I was extremely lucky in my situation but there is a sport or an activity for everybody.