Personal trainer wants to help others tackle depression through exercise
Chloe Thorne knows all too well what it feels like for anxiety to spiral downwards into depression.
But the Silverstream personal trainer also knows just what to do when she starts to feel a bit down: put on her trainers and get into a workout.
To help spread the word about how beneficial exercise can be for mental health, Thorne is organising a "Sweat it Out for Mental Health" boot-camp style training session next month.
The event will be held at the Silverstream Retreat on October 11 and all the proceeds from the $15 fee will go to the Mental Health Foundation.
Thorne, who is a trainer at The Weights Room, said she hoped over 100 people would be there on the day.
Prizes will also be on offer and the class will focus on body weight exercises, meaning there will no equipment and lots of squats, push-ups, lunges and raises.
Thorne said there needed to be more openness around anxiety and depression.
"Often when you tell people about it there's shock," Thorne said.
"And when you have these conditions you don't want there to be shock."
Thorne said in hindsight the signs of her anxiety probably started showing when she was seven years old.
"I just thought I got stomach pains a lot.
"Then later on doing things like exams became really difficult for me."
After finishing university Thorne thought she had landed her dream job.
"But it turned out to be a nightmare.
"I started going to the gym during my lunch breaks and that started making a huge difference."
It wasn't long before Thorne was studying to become a personal trainer herself.
Although things for Thorne are a lot better than they used to be, she still has her ups and downs.
"There are days where I don't want to leave the house. It can be very lonely."
Thorne said exercise could help a lot when people were feeling anxious or depressed.
"For me it's huge - if I don't work out for 2-3 days my anxiety is through the roof.
"Exercise is time to focus on doing something that's good for you."
- The Sweat it Out for Mental Health fundraiser will take place at the Silverstream Retreat, 10am till 11.30am, Sunday October 11. Tickets are $15 through Dash Tickets.
- Upper Hutt Leader