51-year-old bodybuilder states the sport saved her from depression and suicidal thoughts.
Mental health issues are rising in modern times, with depression being one of the biggest concerns as a result. However, it’s great that there’s also been an increase in people fighting back and successfully turning their life around.
Jane Curnow is someone who used bodybuilding as a way to improve your confidence and appearance; after sculpting an impressive figure, she since landed work as a fitness model and lifestyle coach.
Now, she’s on a mission to help others who suffer from low-self estreem, depression or other mental health issues.
Who is Jane Curnow?
As we’ve already mentioned, Jane Curnow is a 51-year-old that claims to have spent most of her life ‘in and out of therapy since the age of 16’.
Ultimately, she goes on to state that the source of her disillusionment came from having an ‘unhealthy obsession with my appearance.’
During this time, she became addicted to drugs, and drunken nights out; this led her onto a downwards spiral that she became lost in for years.
Road to recovery
Instead of letting her depression rule her life forever, at the age of 46, Jane Curnow finally decided to become the master of her own fate.
She took her addictive personally and used it to her advantage; she made the big decision to embark on her fitness journey, managing to sculpt an amazing figure within a few years.
However, Jane didn’t simply recover from her depression overnight. She explains that even while she training hard in the gym, she was still fighting her demons in the constant battle with her mental health.
So how did bodybuilding save her life?
Over the course of 2-3 years, Jane had finally succeeded in breaking out of her depression and building a new career as a fitness model and lifestyle coach.
She entered numerous fitness competitions and began to find satisfaction in her new appearance, and her body transformation.
However, things could have taken a turn for the worst if she didn’t find comfort in bodybuilding.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jane said: “I did not want to see 50, I was going to try to commit suicide again.
“Women hate their bodies, we spend so much time hating it and abusing it. I starve myself because I thought that was the only thing I had going for me.
She continued: “To get up on that stage, that was the biggest turning point for me. My vanity was surging through my veins, I had to do it, I had to find the confidence I knew I didn’t have.”
While bodybuilding has taken a lot of abuse recently, with many focusing on the steroid use in the industry, stories like Jane Curnow’s are what restores many’s belief that fitness really can make a difference.
It’s important to ensure everyone knows about the mental health benefits from working out, instead of thinking the gym is simply for expressing vanity.
Fair play to Jane Curnow for turning her life around, and she also proves that it’s never too late to begin your fitness journey!