You always hear about how great diet and exercise are for your body, but what about your spirit, your well-being, your sense of accomplishment, and your purpose? 

From a person who deals with depression, I can tell you that exercise IS the all encompassing solution.

When I started to see Terri from Perfect Form, I was battling with depressive symptoms, fatigue, grumpiness, sadness, low self-worth, lack of motivation, and general malaise. From the very first session with Terri, I couldn’t believe how my brain switched from negative thoughts to positive ones. Sure, I was exhausted and could barely put my lipstick on after the initial workout, but wow, I couldn’t believe how shaky arms and wobbly legs can give you such a sense of accomplishment and lightheartedness. Even though my body was vibrating, I felt something I had not felt in a very long time; happiness and peace! All those things you hear about endorphins are actually true! Who knew?

During my initial session, Terri talked with me about what I was eating and drinking, weighed and measured me, and did a general fitness test; so after my initial session I was on a mission to take control of my body—the side effect being an inexplicable sense of optimism, joy and positivity. I made a commitment to work out twice a week on my lunch break and it’s the best thing I can say I have EVER done for myself; and I’ve tried a lot of things in an effort to feel better. Reading positive and uplifting books, power walking, meditating, etc have been my go-to things, and they’re all good, but they did very little to alleviate my depressive symptoms. All the self-help books in the world could not and did not ever change my mood or well-being the way working out has.

Terri is amazing. She is easy to talk to, friendly and is a truly beautiful person; but beneath that sweet exterior is a very strong committed person who pushes you beyond what you ever thought possible for yourself; in fact just when you really stop believing you can do it, she somehow restores your faith in yourself and somehow you keep going. She never leaves your side and is there to help you every step of the way, you are never left unattended, and it’s her mission, as the name of her studio implies, that you are in PERFECT FORM.

If you find yourself where I found myself, please, do the best thing you will ever do for yourself. Call Terri and set up an appt. And expect your life to change in ways you could never imagine. Oh, and I forgot to mention, your clothes will look much better on you too!

Melanie Evans