Photo by Angie Baquedano

Physical fitness is my escape. The overwhelming feeling of hard work and the sense of individuality that comes from sticking to a daily routine of fitness is priceless. Fitness improves my mental health through several different ways. Long runs through nature acts as a form of meditation, while the gym puts me in an environment of inspiration and socialization. This is currently my fourth year at UNCC, I started lifting in my eighth grade year. I can definitely say, each year you will learn something new or different about your body. Joining the Charlotte Lifters Club here at Charlotte was a great investment. It makes a huge difference being surrounded by similar thinking individuals who encourage you to do better. All in all, fitness has changed my life for the better. I encourage everyone to pursue it, so they can be the best version of themselves, both mentally and physically.

Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).