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Female Humans of HIIT Mental Health Physical Impairment

Poppy May

“I was an active person doing photoshoots almost everyday. Travelling to different locations and getting on the floor for angles of shots.

In April 2018 i woke up with back pain and then by the end of the week I couldn’t stand or move my legs. It was terrifying . A few months later I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder where my brain doesn’t communicate with my body. I have been unable to feel or move my legs since April 2018. I have a weak upper body some days and I also experience non epileptic seizures that can last hours! 

Since becoming a wheelchair user I have lost loads of my self confidence and comfort ate every day . A few months ago my mental health was at the worst and I was almost sectioned . I turned to exercise to make me feel good. Starting out from 1 sit up to 20 sit ups whilst holding a 6 kilo kettlebell. You could say exercise saved my life.”

 

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Humans of HIIT Male Mental Health Physical Impairment Running

James Gasson

“After spending most of my adult life drinking and smoking a lot and generally not being very active bar a bit of football here and there, I for some strange reason felt I could run the London marathon 2020 and decided to apply through a charity place.

I chose to apply for Mind the mental health charity, this was a charity very close to my heart having been through my own mental health struggles in recent years. Anyway what I believed wouldn’t happen did in fact happen and I was accepted. Despite the shock of actually getting a place I started out my running in mid October 2019 and to be honest despite a few bumps in the road, I’ve never looked back.

The change I’ve felt since running physically and mentally has been amazing, and although before I actually hated running I now have a new found love for it and even when I finally make it over that finish line I’m not going to stop running and will be doing more marathons, I would like to complete the Abbott world marathon majors, but for now I will be taking it 1 marathon at a time.”

 

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