Talking to Express.co.uk, Crosby explained that she wanted to create a fitness app that was different to others out there. After falling in love with fitness as a result of the Covid lockdown and her work schedule suddenly getting put on pause, the Celebrity Big Brother champion took inspiration from other fitness apps on the market and decided to create one that is extremely similar to the social media apps we all know and love. Through talking to the star it is clear that physical health and fitness is not the only thing the star is grateful for, as she deemed herself “lucky” to not have suffered much with her mental health.
Explaining the inspiration behind her new fitness app Crosby said: “I have used a combination of different fitness apps and there have been things that I love about them and things that I don’t love and think that could be done better.
“So when I was putting my app together I put all of my ideas together. The app has a very ‘social media vibe,’ a one stop shop of everything so you don’t have to leave the app to try and find something else. You can upload photos, upload a status and give people virtual high fives.
“You can just cheer everyone on and motivate people, and honestly, the support in the community section alone is mind blowing.
“I sit on it at nighttime, and just read all of these motivated girls all cheering each other on. There’s so much community spirit.”
Despite working hard to keep fit, Crosby made the slightly shocking confession that she still eats McDonald’s four times a week when talking to the Daily Star.
Specifically, she said: “I eat McDonald’s four times a week.
“I love going to the cinema. I always eat my hot dog before the film’s even on.”
When quizzed about her diet Crosby elaborated further saying: “I haven’t dieted in about three years. I eat absolutely anything I want.
“And that’s because I put the work in with the exercise. I want to eat anything I want, so I do a bit of movement every single day.
“All your 20s you think you have to stop yourself from eating and you really don’t in order to stop or lose weight.”
Going on to admit that she was no fitness or health expert, Crosby said that she had found things that work for her. It is this attitude that has also helped her with her mental health.
“I’m really really lucky in the fact I’ve never really struggled with my mental health,” Crosby goes on to say.
“I’m genuinely a really happy person, I didn’t struggle with it at all in lockdown.
“In fact, I actually quite enjoyed being at home and falling back in love with fitness, being able to have a routine. I took a lot of it well.
“And this is me all over, I take positives out of everything. The most negative situation could happen and I’ll fight it and find a positive in it.
“I like making lists and setting myself goals, then you have got something to work towards.”
As Crosby addresses, mental health is something that affects us all. The Mental Health Foundation explains that mental health problems are one of the main causes of overall disease burden worldwide.
Major depression in particular is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide, and a major contributor to the burden of ischemic heart disease.
Mind, a leading mental health charity explains that depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects your everyday life. In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal.
- In the beginning months of the year, individuals might suffer from a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Typical symptoms of SAD include:
- Lack of energy
- Finding it hard to concentrate
- Not wanting to see people
- Sleep problems, such as sleeping more or less than usual, difficulty waking up, or difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Feeling sad, low, tearful, guilty or hopeless
- Changes in your appetite, for example feeling more hungry or wanting more snacks
- Being more prone to physical health problems, such as colds, infections or other illnesses
- Losing interest in sex or physical contact.
The charity explains that SAD can be difficult to live with, but using these practical tips may help you to overcome any symptoms:
- Making the most of natural light in the winter months
- Planning ahead for winter
- Drinking plenty of water
- Talking therapy
- Keeping a diary.
For confidential guidance and support, Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Individuals can call 116 123 or email [email protected].
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