Today is World Mental Health Day, which means as we work in the fitness industry, we see it fit that we outline the huge benefits that having an active lifestyle can have on our mental health. In 2014, the Mental Health Foundation did a study which showed that almost 20% of people in the UK aged 16+ showed symptoms of depression or anxiety, which is sadly growing by the year.
As fitness professionals, we are in a position of huge potential when it comes to helping to turn these stats around, as fitness plays a massive part in the peoples’ overall lifestyle. It is scientifically proven that being active can help to improve mental health, with such benefits as clearing the mind and increasing self-esteem, so getting more people active will play a big part in influencing a healthier nation.
Having a balanced lifestyle which allows you to work, relax and keep fit has huge benefits when it comes to mental health, as it is what allows us to reduce stress and increase our calm state; overall allowing us to enjoy our time more.
Beyond the direct benefits that fitness can have on mental health, it can also help people to improve other aspects of life, with group fitness naturally building new friendships, which plays a huge part when helping younger people improve their mental health. This is huge for Kids fitness instructors, as 3 out of 4 mental health illnesses start in Childhood, which means Kids trainers have the potential to seriously reduce the number of mental health problems in the UK.
When it comes to mental health, it is something that of all ages and genders have experience with, and this is why fitness hold huge potential for improving the nation’s mental health, as we aim to make our fitness courses accessible, inclusive and equal for everyone, which is why we are in a position to make a huge impact on the UK’s mental health.
Being able to make such a positive impact on the general public is something that we are extremely proud and passionate about, being why we aim to make our courses enjoyable and stress-free for all of our students.
We are urging all Personal Trainers and fitness professionals to take a focus on Mental Health this month, whether that be by talking to clients about more than just training or by helping someone you know who has a mental health problem.