Tori Olson: CHAARG Changed My Mental Health
While many girls join CHAARG for similar reason [find the fun in fitness, learn a workout routine, develop healthier habits, + become a part of a community], their journey stories are all unique + empowering.
This Q + A post features Tori’s #ChangedByCHAARG story + more about her journey!
Meet Tori Olson
University of Toledo — join #UTCHAARG here!
Psychology with counseling minor!
One Word To Describe You:
Reason I Joined CHAARG:
My fitness journey started with practicing yoga to help with my anxiety, PTSD, + depression. I saw CHAARG on Instagram + decided to try it out because I did not know how to workout ++ I found that it really has helped my mental health : )
Favorite CHAARG Memory:
Probably the CHAARG Tour because I met so many amazing women + got to meet my role models : )
#inCHAARG Instagram Crush:
I don’t know if it can be someone outside of CHAARG, but if I can do that, probably @hannahbower2. Hannah is possibly one of my favorite Instagram fitness trainer because she knows her stuff when it comes to exercising [she’s certified] + she’s real about everything in her life! Inside CHAARG, @lexgarv_inchaarg. I met her at the CHAARG Tour + she’s absolutely amazing + *so* inspirational!
Philosophy On Wellness:
Everyone starts somewhere. Start with something that’s comfortable + don’t feel bad if you look around the gym ++ see people doing intense workouts or lifting heavy weights. There’s always room to grow : )
Favorite Self-Care Practice:
Netflix with my phone on silent or off + maybe a face mask or something skin routine related
This was my intention that I thought of last November, but I never really practiced it. I’ve focused more on myself this year than I think I have ever before. I got back into counseling, went out with friends guilt free, + said “no” when I knew my body wasn’t up for going out or being around people.
Ideal Morning Routine:
Sleeping in, snuggling with my puppy, + actually making myself look presentable.
Book Every CHAARG Girl Should Read:
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama. Even if you don’t like the Obamas, I highly recommend reading it because Mrs. Obama is a badass woman + her story of how she got to where she is now is really inspiring. Grab it here!
Greatest Lesson On College:
Don’t be scared if you grow at a different rate than your friends or other people you know. Everyone grows at different times especially when you and your friends have various goals, desires, + interests that expand during your time in college.
Advice To Your Freshman Self:
It gets better. It doesn’t seem like that now, but wait a year/year + a half + life will only go up from there.
Being #inCHAARG To Me Means:
Being #inCHAARG is taking control [or some control] of my life in the physical, mental, + emotional aspects. It means trying new activities + getting out of my comfort zone like when I applied + became a part of the UT Exec Team. Being #inCHAARG means living life to the fullest.
How have you been Changed By CHAARG?
CHAARG has changed how I look at myself + honestly my life in such a positive way. I have found some of my best friends through CHAARG + I have become a better person because of these uplifting women.