In honor of suicide prevention week, I wanted to do a post talking about mental health and exercise, considering they are very closely related. Exercise can be a HUGE stress and anxiety reliever for a lot of people. Before I became an instructor, I would lose my mind if I was too busy to make it to a spin class or workout class. As many people know about me, I was a swimmer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I unfortunately, didn't even make it through my first year without getting injured. By halfway through the second year I was forced to stop swimming for medical reasons. This destroyed me. I was completely heartbroken. I was injured to the point where I couldn't do any exercise without being in pain, so I was put on rest for a couple months. During these months, I fell into a deep depression. I was sick to my stomach, I couldn't get out of bed, I was so SAD. I didn't even know who I was anymore. I went to therapy and worked through it with sessions of me crying for hours. I knew I needed the rest, but for some reason I could not kick this feeling. Depression and anxiety are not something you can just get through over night. You have to find your ways to keep you calm, and to bring you to your "norm". After six months with no exercise, I finally started slowly building back up my regimen.
Exercise can de-stress you, bring down your anxiety levels, and the endorphins leave you feeling on another level. Exercise is SO IMPORTANT. Everyone says it's great for your health, but it is essential for mental health. People need that release, that 45-50 min classes of not having to focus on anything else besides how hard they're getting their ass kicked! It's hard opening up about that low point in my life, however I feel as though it is crucial for people to know how important exercise can be to someone. In every class, you never know why each person showed up that day. You never know what someone has going on in their life. You never know how the songs you play can impact someone. Next time you take a workout class, focus on everything inside the room. Leave all your problems and stresses at the door and completely lose yourself in your workout.
I'm Carly Biron, a fitness and exercise enthusiast. This whole idea stemmed from me starting a job where I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have been through a long journey of trying to break into the fitness industry, which is why I essentially created this page.