My name is Angel Benjamin and I am a 30 year old Certified Personal Trainer. I’ve always struggled with my weight since childhood, my heaviest weight being 230 lbs. When Covid hit, I fell into a deep depression and I was even contemplating suicide. By the grace of God I’m still here. I got introduced to a gym called “Alphas Only” at one of my low mental health points. It became a form of self-care, which blossomed into a passion of mine. It has been 2 1/2 years that I have been consistently working out 5 days a week, weight training.
On my journey with falling in love with fitness, I was also acquiring my Masters Degree in Psychology. I decided to combine my passions for mental health and fitness and began personal training women who struggle with their weight and/or self-confidence.
The first step you can take if you want to improve your physical and or mental health is acknowledging you are struggling in those areas. The next step is just as crucial, setting a REALISTIC goal for yourself. If you know you’re not ready to commit to a big goal, (i.e working out 5 times a week, or attending therapy twice a month), start by walking for 20 mins 3 times a week. Then from there, gradually increase your goal.
Starting a fitness or mental health journey on January 1, has been a tradition for the ages. I am a big fan of them but only when they are seen through. Setting mental health and fitness goals requires sacrifice and commitment and many people that make resolutions don’t see them through because of this. If you are serious about making a change this year, set a goal for yourself that’s attainable.
If you struggle with mental health and would like to make a goal this year, it is achievable. To help you start your goal making, think about your “WHY”. Why are you making these goals? You must be patient and kind to yourself. Know that it will take time. Rome wasn’t built overnight so don’t rush your process.
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