Fitness sessions supporting local mental health

by CWP News - 25 January 2016

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) have adopted a spirited approach to tackling mental health this January. Following last year’s successful scheme in Crewe, CWP staff have once again been supporting Crossfit in Cheshire to deliver weekly bespoke training sessions designed to help improve physical and mental wellbeing for people who access services.

Exercise fulfils the ‘be active’ part of the five steps to mental wellbeing, NHS England’s plan to improve the way we feel about ourselves and our lives. The weekly sessions offer the perfect opportunity for residents in East Cheshire to start the new year with positive mental health in mind. Those who attend can benefit from improved confidence, motivation and mood, while physical improvements can include a reduction in blood pressure and weight.

Rob Lightburn, Clinical Service Manager for East Cheshire, said “Being active, connecting with others, learning new things, giving and spending more time in the present moment is part of the five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. This program is made up of strength, aerobic, and conditioning exercises that appeal to both men and women alike. It is not only good for our hearts but our overall health and wellbeing as well.

All community health teams, Reablement and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) teams in East Cheshire can refer people to this project. For more information on how to join the Crossfit sessions contact the Early Intervention Team on: 01260 292929

More information on the Crossfit Fierce Spirit programme can be found on their website: http://crossfitfiercespirit.co.uk/index.php

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