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.