The University of Salford: ‘Exercise with Confidence’

Earlier on this year, I mentioned that I was leaving my job to start a Masters Course at the University of Salford in Digital Marketing. There is a lot that I didn’t mention in that post though as I was learning how to cope with it at the time. So here’s the big thing, at the time I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. It’s something I’ve struggled with for years but had never had the courage to talk to people about. That’s the main reason for why I needed to reassess absolutely everything I was doing because I wanted to feel happy again.

When I first met with my personal tutor they helped me with setting up a meeting with the Wellbeing team. I gained a lot of support from them that I had to write about my experience here as they’ve been wonderful, along with all the staff who work at the gym.

So the basics of what help they had given me is a free month of all-inclusive gym sessions, including swimming, classes and even personal training, followed by a month where it’s half the price. But what I’ve gained from it has been worth more than I can put into words almost. To start with, I’d been trying to lose weight by calorie restricting. I wasn’t losing weight and I almost completely fainted at my first session at the gym! It was quite an embarrassing wake up call but Matthew, the sports centre’s manager, was great with giving me advice of how to eat better especially on days where I would be training.

One of the things I’ve always struggled with is self confidence, and so the reason why I’ve loved this opportunity so much is that it’s made me realise how much I actually enjoy going to the gym in general. I’ve rediscovered my love for Zumba (even though I have the world’s worst coordination and two left feet) and in just a month of going to the gym I’d managed to lose around a stone. I’ve started walking more in general and it’s really helped with my sleep also, which has always been something I’ve struggled with.



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