Tessa Deterding

“I always hated exercise as a child. I never made it on to any sports teams, and PE was my least favourite lesson at school by far. I came to associate exercise with humiliation and failure. I ran intermittently as a teenager, but always gave up after a few weeks.

It wasn’t until I went to university that I started going to the gym with a good friend. She showed me how exercise could be a great tool for managing mental health, which became particularly important in our final year, with the pressure and stress of exams and finding a job.

Since then, I’ve tried to exercise at least a couple of times a week, either running or going to gym classes, which I find particularly motivating. When the gyms all closed, Humans of HIIT was a wonderful alternative, and the community are so supportive and encouraging. It’s been fun to have the time and space to be able to work on my fitness goals, and begin to see real improvements as the weeks go by.

Now I can’t imagine not exercising for a week – I really feel the difference in my mood and energy levels when I haven’t moved for a few days. I’m very grateful to finally be in a place where I can look forward to a workout, and feel great afterwards, rather than dreading every second!”

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