For decades the focus has been on the benefits of physical activity on your physical health, for example the reduction in risk of conditions such a cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity. For this reason I made it a priority to stay informed by attending continued professional development training in BACR (British Association of Cardiac Rehab) Phase IV, GP Referral and MEND (a child anti obesity project) programmes. More recently research is being directed toward the effect of physical activity on mental health conditions such as GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) and Depression. The evidence has led to Public Health England recommending the 30 minutes, five times a week of moderate physical activity approach to reduce mental health problems. It is also recommended that everyone opens dialogue with those around them on the topic of mental health whether they are affected by mental health or not, so the stigma around it is removed. Public Health England suggests everyone incorporate wellbeing strategies into their everyday life. An example is the 'Five ways to wellbeing' strategy, an evidence based report commissioned by the Foresight Reports and compiled by New Economics Foundation in June 2008.
So whether you are someone who feels you are affected by mental health or if you are an employer who would like to see the reported cost to benefit ratio of 1:4 in your workforce then, please do get in touch with bravelifestyle. We can help you lead a physically and mentally healthier 2018 through our 1-to-1 or small group exercise programming / sessions.