“When I work out first thing in the morning and have a great workout, my social anxiety for the rest of the day is just gone. Almost everything is gone: my body dysmorphia is gone, my OCD, my depression, my anxiety.”
“I always wanted to be the best and to be on the podium as much as possible. But now, it’s completely different, and I exercise because it makes me feel great and gives me time to switch off mentally but tune in physically.”
[Photo: Kaleigh Moore]
"So far [with trampolining], I’ve noticed a huge reduction in stress post-exercise—and I’m actually enjoying the time spent doing these workouts.
"I wanted to get my body and my heart in shape, but I joined [Green Ridge Recreation Center in Roanoke County] partly for the mental part. I meet people who become my friends and it is social for me. We have lunch and sometimes travel together. I try to meet two or three people a day.”
"I hate it but I have to exercise for my mind more than anything and I’m 36 and have four children I need the energy exercise gives...Exercise is key for the mind and body."
"It gives me discipline and a sense of work ethic...it keeps me physically fit...it builds my mental strength...it is a huge passion of mine..."
"For as long as I can remember, sports have been the one true love of my life. But for the last 14 years, I’ve struggled with chronic knee pain that has kept me from playing hard on the field, and at times, from playing at all. Staying active (to whatever level I could) kept me sane on my worst days, and continues to keep me calm, focused, and steady as I work my way through graduate school. The routine of exercise, the push of physical exertion, and the social bonds of a team keep me mentally strong, allowing me to fight whatever physical pain may come my way."
“Last year’s [Invictus] Games was the extra push that I needed to regain control over my illness [post-traumatic stress disorder] and my injury...Mountain biking was part of my journey.That’s how I got back into sports.”