Singer Ellie Goulding has said she documents her work in the gym to show "all the things I've overcome", telling her social media followers: "Nothing I do in the gym is for vanity."
Goulding regularly shares photos from the gym with her 6.6m followers on social media and on Tuesday wrote: "There aren't many muscular women in popular culture."
"To me it isn't intimidating or scary to be strong (in fact anyone who has met me knows I am the most pathetically shy and self deprecating person)," she explained.
Goulding said "keeping fit and strong" had become her "ultimate escape" in recent years.
*There aren't many muscular women in popular culture* 🤷🏼♀️— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) August 18, 2020
Nothing I do in the gym is for vanity. To me it isn’t intimidating or scary to be strong (in fact anyone who has met me knows I am the most pathetically shy and self deprecating person) (1/5) pic.twitter.com/Uun7Xc2PKY
"I have no extraordinary athletic ability and I was crap at sports as a kid (I was so severely asthmatic I could barely even laugh without a coughing fit) but I've pushed myself and used all the willpower I can muster to keep at it," she continued.
"As hard as it is to stay motivated, especially right now, I still recommend it passionately for any mental health issues you are facing... even a small walk or jog.
"Ps - I didn't do any exercise today because I didn't want to! Might not tomorrow either."
Goulding concluded: "Love to all the strong women out there and to those just getting started - I am with you."
The Press Association reports that the 33-year-old has previously spoken about how she struggled to look after herself while on tour in her 20s and has since become an advocate for mental health awareness.