How many times, when we see someone that looks fit, thin or strong, someone who wears their clothes well and who can shop in any high street store do we stop and think WOW! Their life must be perfect..!?
But what is ‘perfect’? What kind of ‘perfection’ is it that we are striving for?
As we are in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, we wanted to highlight that sometimes, just sometimes our outsides don’t always match our insides. And sometimes, just sometimes, we are just sensitive people living in a broken world. A world by where how many likes on our profile picture or how many times we are told we look pretty or handsome or thin today can confuse us because…
…if people say our outsides look ok – why is it we don’t we feel ok on the inside?
Here at Club Continental we care about your inside as much as we do your physical appearance … your ‘outside!
You matter to us. How you feel – that matters to us.
We know that being strong with a six pack on the outside, won’t naturally mean you don’t have days, weeks or perhaps even months that you wont feel ‘weak’ on the inside.
As people we think (wrongly in most cases!) that other people will feel more comfortable, more relieved if we don’t tell them the truth! When they say ‘you look well’ or ask how you are, we say ‘OK’. Sometimes to make them feel better; sometimes because that’s our script – the script we stick to be it true or not!
Each year, thanks to the work that many amazing organisations and individuals do around Mental Health and well-being, we are making progress as a society. Many staff and members within our Club community are talking more openly about issues that affect their mental well-being. It could be stress, addiction, bullying, relationships, health conditions, money worries…and everything else in-between.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is body image. How we think and feel about our bodies, about our outsides!
It’s a great time for everybody to show their support and take a minute to think about our mental health – but also those we work with, our friends and our families.
As an independent gym, hurtling towards our 30 year Birthday – being older and wiser we have learnt that putting in a little extra time to talk, to chat and to just be still for a moment, is just as important as working up a sweat.
We all know that working out is great for our body and mind; that exercise helps positive changes in our brains; it reduces tension and stress whilst boosting mental energy through endorphins.
But what about ‘Working Up’ a conversation with someone you know who might be strengthened by your chat?
Going to the gym is often about our outsides. But here at Club Continental we want to highlight and support people to improve, grow and see their internal strength too.
Join us #workupaconversation as well as a work-out. Take note of how people may feel on the inside, as well as how they look on the outside.
Thanks for listening, here’s to talking and may we always #workupaconversation!