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Exercise and Anxiety | In the words of a RAWR Outsider

Luke Downing

Written by Luke Downing on March 3rd 2016

What you are about to read is the words of Emma a RAWR Outsider who was with us for a few months in between her travels.

I have recently found that my anxiety is taking over lots of aspects of my life and is becoming quite a problem. It's difficult when your suffering with anxiety to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Quite often when I have had a bad day suffering all I want to do is hide away in my bedroom, shut the world out, and cry myself to sleep, but that's certainly not the best way to deal with the problem because then you are just letting it take over your life. Before you know it your spending over 4 days away trapped in your bedroom and your mind is going into overdrive.

Just over a month ago I decided I wanted to try to loose the extra weight I gained on my recent travels around America and get beach ready for Australia. I'm not very good at motivating myself to do exercise and crisps are just far too tempting to go on a diet. So if I was going to get down to the weight I want to be I knew that I needed help! I decided to sign myself up to 'RAWR', a local bootcamp with 30 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions that will work every muscle in your body.

What I discovered has been life changing. Not only am I getting fit and feeling more confident about my body, it also helps SOOO much with anxiety. Don't get me wrong, when I've had a really bad day dragging myself to bootcamp can prove difficult and I have let myself slip and locked myself in my bedroom on a couple of occasions when I should of been out exercising, but what pushes me to go is the feeling of relieve I get afterwards, its like a session of bootcamp lifts the weight of anxiety off my shoulders for the evening and I can relax.

I think it is important that I point out that I don't think exercise is a cure for anxiety, it just helps, and I also don't think every type of exercise will help. The reason bootcamp helps me is because it completely takes my mind off everything, going for a run would probably make me feel worst because I would have time to think and my mind would be running at a million miles an hour, but with bootcamp I am focused on the different exercises I have to get my head round, it is fast paced so there are no points when you can stop and think, and it is a group session so you can have a good chat and catch up with everyone there.

RAWR have really helped in my life, I know they are a bit local and most my readers don't live near me, but I still wanted to write this blog to not just promote RAWR but to promote group personal training sessions in general. If your thinking about either getting fit or need help with anxiety then find a local bootcamp to you! RAWR also have a great Blog that I really enjoy reading, if you need some advice or motivation definitely head over to their blog!

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Inspiring words from Emma, As a coach I aim to make my workouts as beneficial as possible from all aspects of health, fitness and wellbeing. I am a huge believer in training in a group and outdoors as I think the benefits are clear to see but hearing that RAWR has helped Emma tackle her anxiety  is a very proud moment.

Anyone wanting more info get in touch and find out how living the Primal way can help you to.