Introducing Jason, one of our Active Together Champions!
I attend the gym at least 5x per week and take part in circuit and boxing training within the supported accommodation where I live. I also take my daughter to the gym and support her in training. I exercise at the gym on my own, with my support workers, friends who live in my accommodation and I help other residents train who live in different projects within Falcon Support Services. I also help to train my daughter to work out at the gym, I have a lot of knowledge and certificates for personal training.
The gym and physical activity improve my mood and my mental health, the gym is the place where stress is released, and I can get any frustrations or bad thoughts out of my system. When the gyms were closed, I took part in boxing/pad work.
If I don't stay active it affects my mental health, so I want to help and inspire young people to get into fitness, especially when their mental health is low during lockdown with limited services available it's important to stay active and focused.
I get enjoyment out of exercise, particularly body and weight work in the gym.
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My advice if you're think of getting more active:
If people had anxiety to train and be active, I would advise them to block the other people out in the gym and focus on the training, to make them feel at ease.