This is Layla's story

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, 30-year-old Layla has suffered terribly with depression during her life. Before joining Lichfield Golf and Country Club, the mother of two hadn’t exercised for a few years and had put on weight, which knocked her self-confidence.

But all that changed when Layla started using the gym at the start of the year.

“Before I became a member of Lichfield, I suffered with poor mental health and struggled to motivate myself to do any exercise. But what started as a health kick has now become part of my everyday life.”

Layla now uses the gym four to five times a week, focusing on weight training.

“I generally warm up with a bit of cardio but my goal now is to become stronger and lift heavier, which is always encouraged by the staff in the gym.”

Little did she know that consistent exercise would have such a dramatic impact on her life.

“Fitness has become a huge part of my life since the start of the year. I’ve lost three stone, which has given me a lot more confidence. I felt like I had lost myself a bit and exercising regularly has brought the outgoing me back. I’m also a lot less tired and find it much easier to concentrate on things.”

Exercise releases increased endorphins, the feel good chemical in our head.

More than this, Layla has seen significant improvements to her mental health since working out at the club.

“Since I’ve been training consistently, I have not had a single episode of depression and I feel this is mostly down to regular exercise. Joining Lichfield has genuinely changed my life for the better.”

Above all, her new active lifestyle makes Layla a better mum.

“The improvement in my mental health means I’m in a much better place to be the best mum I can be. I feel like it sets a good example to the children and shows them that you can do anything you put your mind to. It has also given me and my husband, Paul, another shared interest.”

Layla continues to exercise at home during lockdown, going for runs and taking part in online HIIT workouts. Such is her passion for exercise that Layla plans to work in the industry herself.

“I love the health and fitness lifestyle so much that I’ve started studying to work in the industry myself. I can’t thank the gym staff enough for the help they have given me in my journey.”

We’re proud of you Layla. Keep smashing it.

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