Amanda Wheatley

4th year student gets fit with Athletics

Amanda Wheatley, a fourth-year English student, has accomplished a lot this term. She was one of three Wellness Warriors who volunteered to start exercising at least once a week and blog about the experience with uWaterloo Athletics.

The Wellness Warriors earned points for each new activity, and by the end of eight weeks needed to earn 275 points to get a $100 honorarium. They earned points for tweeting about their activity, wearing black and gold, and bringing friends to Shoe-Tag classes.

For Amanda, being a Wellness Warrior wasn’t just about getting in shape again; it was about facing her fears. She saw this opportunity as the push she needed to break out of her shell and increase her confidence, all the while increasing her physical activity.

“My favourite part of the experience was realizing that I didn’t have to be afraid of fitness anymore,” she said. “Physical activity became fun again because I wasn’t worried about what people were thinking about me or about the fact that I couldn’t finish an exercise.”

Amanda has been inspired by her experience as a Wellness Warrior, and she’s excited to return to shoe-tag classes next term. To anyone else struggling with the confidence to start working out, Amanda said, “The best advice is to just push past your doubts and try something you never thought you could.”

Athletics is looking for next term’s Wellness Warriors, and you can catch up on Amanda’s wellness journey on Waterloo Wellness.

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