Before pursuing psychology at UEL, I came from a background of fitness coaching. My initial motivation to start my fitness journey was driven by a fear of being judged for my appearance. I had been called ugly and fat when I was younger, and that really affected me. Looking back, I realise that those experiences brought me to where I am today and pushed me to prove to myself and others that I could change and improve. Losing weight became my goal, and I was determined to show everyone that I could achieve it. It wasn't just about the external validation; it was about pushing myself and overcoming obstacles.
While studying psychology may seem different, there is still a strong connection to fitness. I believe in the mind-body connection and the holistic nature of well-being. I find that physical health alone is not enough, and that's why I ventured into psychology. True wellness encompasses more than just the body. If my mind is not well, it affects my overall well-being.
As a fitness coach, people often ask me what kind of exercise is right for them. I believe in the concept of moderation and variety. It's not about labelling exercises as good or bad. Rather, it's about finding a balance and doing what brings you joy. Fitness should be a lifestyle, not just a goal to achieve. It's about sustaining your well-being throughout life.