Working out isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, but for some people it’s life changing and offers the perfect alternative to the claustrophobia of monotonous jobs.
A Glasgow resident and personal trainer, Amy Hill, is one such person – someone whose life was changed by fitness.
Speaking to Glasgow Live, Amy talked about how she found herself stuck in a job she didn’t enjoy before a turning point sent her on her way to becoming a personal trainer.
She said: “Before I got into fitness I was in a job that was not for me, I was extremely anxious all the time and just didn’t enjoy it.
“I have always been very body conscious and knowing I didn’t have time to go to the gym would really affect me. I eventually had a bit of a breakdown, which was a blessing in disguise, and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
“It was a very hard time in my life but I can now look back and be proud of the steps I took being in that position. Fitness has seriously helped me in every way; mentally and physically.”
After Amy was diagnosed, she worked to add fitness into her daily life by studying to become a personal trainer – a job she qualified for in spring of last year.
Following her own experience, Amy has told people not to settle for jobs that make them unhappy. Instead, she said that people should work on their passions to tackle anxiety and depression.
Amy said: “I know you can’t love your job all the time but if you find yourself totally miserable and in a rut – leave.
“It’s not worth feeling that way.
“I had to make that decision to leave which was hard at that moment in time, but in the long run it’s the best decision I have ever made.
“Do what you are passionate about, what you love doing and care about. I am so lucky to be able to have this as a job, I love exercising and I love people.”
As someone with personal experience, Amy is the perfect trainer for clients with depression or anxiety. Understanding the difficult moments experienced by those who are suffering allows Amy to build an inclusive fitness programme.
Amy said: “I absolutely love the relationship I have with every client and I have made a friend in each person who comes to me. Everyone has their bad days, if I have a client who comes to me and doesn’t feel like working out or is feeling unwell, I’ll go with them for a walk or a coffee and still have that hour session with them.
“It’s kind of like therapy for me as much as them. Sometimes all you need is to have someone to talk to or listen to!
“The worst thing I could do as a personal trainer is turn them away – their now in my care and I like to look after them all!”
Amy offers personal training sessions in Glasgow which can be booked through her Instagram account.