Fitness is Not an Option For Me


I recently learned the hard way that fitness is not an option for me. I used to think it was. I used to think I’m fine, I don’t like exercise, I used to be a professional athlete. I don’t need to exercise anymore. Fitness was for people that wanted their bodies to look better. I felt I looked fine, I didn’t need it.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I was going through a particular tough time when I called a friend. I was down, depressed, and full of anxiety. I hated how I was feeling, I hated that everyday I woke up and felt like I had nothing to look forward to. She began to tell me that fitness was and nutrition were one of the ways out. I had exercised before, but never for my mental health. I was feeling so bad, I thought what the hell I’d give it a try.

My first step was I downloaded a fitness app. I knew I needed something to follow, or I would just walk around the gym in circles not knowing what to do. By some miracle I found the fitness app called Fitbod. It was a god send, circuits, exercises, different routines I could follow. All I had to do was do the workout it suggested. Easy.

I worked out as hard as I could that afternoon, because what did I have to lose? I was feeling so down, I was desperate to try anything. I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. I was a sweaty mess. I went back to my apartment, showered and sat on my couch. Then an amazing thing happened. My anxiety was gone, my depression was gone. The endorphins I got from my workout had kicked in. I was absolutely amazed. It was the best I felt in weeks.

So I started doing it daily, and each day I got a little better, and a little better. My energy levels are back. At the time of this article I’ve lost 12 pounds. I feel great, and I’m me again. I feel amazing. I’m on the path to a healthy happy life.

Do I still have down days and anxiety filled moments? Of course I do. However when I feel that anxiety or that depression come on, it’s nota sign to feel sorry for myself, its my sign to do some form of exercise.

Now you don’t have to hit the gym hard or be a fitness fanatic. You just have to get moving. It can be a walk. It can be going up and down your stairs 5 times. It can be 5 minutes, 10 minutes, it doesn’t matter. Just move your body and get those endorphins kicking.

I finally get it…fitness isn’t about looking good.

It’s about mental health.

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A former NHL goaltender, NHL goaltending coach, and Olympic silver Medallist, Corey Hirsch was featured in an article in the Players Tribune opening up about his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder while on the rise to a promising career in the NHL. He has since Dedicated himself to ending the stigma of mental health and becoming the National Youth Ambassador for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

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