A Northern Ireland gym franchise are offering free sessions to the public in a bid to help improve people’s mental health.
ONE Fitness, who have outlets in Lisburn and Craigavon is on a quest to help people #FeelOneAgain through the power of exercise.
According to the NHS, physical activity can improve mild depression and anxiety, as well as positively impact mood and self-esteem. So by offering free gym sessions for the public to try out the mental benefits of physical exercise for themselves, ONE Fitness say they seek to go beyond the body transformation stereotype and break down the stigma of mental illness through the embodiment of exercise.
From Instagram highlights to body transformation ‘bootcamps’, gyms are often labelled as a hub of superficial perfection. But ONE Fitness say they want to go beyond this image, and champion the benefits of exercise for mental health.
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Founder and Owner, Johnny Betts, said: “Gyms focus too much on the physical before and after, but what about the mental impact? We want this campaign to increase awareness of the benefits physical activity can bring to a person’s mental wellbeing.”
Last year, the Health Survey Northern Ireland revealed that 1 in 5 Northern Irish residents reported feelings of anxiety, while a staggering 25% of respondents had concerns about their mental health.
Multiple research studies, including reports from the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Journal of Medical Science , have revealed the strong link between poor levels of physical activity and poor mental health. In fact, those performing no physical activity are 3 times more likely to report negative mental health.
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In the last five years, Northern Irish antidepressant prescriptions have rose by a staggering 25% , to 3.1 million annually or 8,500 per day, costing the economy £66 million in total.
ONE Fitness are putting their words into action, offering a free Portadown or Lisburn gym session to anyone seeking to experience the mental benefits of exercise for themselves from April 1st to June 1st 2019.
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Source, Sheena McStravick