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It’s early morning work outs or even late night sessions, but for me exercise is a stress reliever

When I was poorly years ago and in the early stages of an eating disorder, I struggled being active because I was too weak both mentally and physically. Back then I didn’t realise that exercise would be a coping mechanism for me now…. How being active makes me feel alive.

My eating disorder was a result of low self-esteem and I used to be critical of myself because I didn’t look like the people I’d see in magazines, other people, or stuff I seen on social media.

Back then, I didn’t realise that beauty came in all shapes and sizes.

On social media we only see a 3 second picture from someone’s life, not the other 22 pictures that didn’t make the cut.

Also, I didn’t understand why we needed food, what it does to our bodies, this, and self love, wasn’t explained to me in school.

Now I’m in recovery I want to help promote healthy attitudes to body image.

Being active and being strong made me realise I can fight whatever comes my way. I mean, have you got ever regretted a workout? I haven’t. I have had a trainer called Mark for years now and we have a really good relationship. He hasn’t just become my trainer but my one of my best friends. He believes in me when I’m on the ground saying “ NO MORE BURPEES” and he gives me 10 more.

I want to inspire other young people to feel positive and confident about their appearance. Recovery is every day for me. It doesn’t stop, but it’s better to be open about.

It’s very hard with my routine as I work as healthcare assistant. I work 13 hours shifts, usually 7.30-7.30.

It’s early morning work outs or even late night sessions, but for me exercise is a stress reliever.

I need it to stay focused. It’s me time.