“Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health” – BBC News | 9 August
I love these headlines.
- Seeing someone else tell the general public what I tell my little world makes me happy. People, despite how desperate they are to change, will sometimes ignore me. But they like a news story or a television programme. It has more gravitas.
- It’s what we offer. We deliver 45 minute sessions that our clients attend 3-5 times a week. Any fewer and they feel the impact less. Any more and they get tired and sore. Fit Camp ticks the ‘do something to make me feel happier‘ box.
- It’s simple. Regular, consistent exercise really has the power to take people out of depression, black dog days and the blues and gives them a sense of hope back. We have clients time and again tell us that they are done with checking their weight, they’re more interested in checking their well-being.
One of our case studies for the #1000WokyWomen is another Heidi.
Heidi Sandford came to us 4 years ago thinking that losing weight would make her feel better. She’d been on anti-depressants for years, had left jobs due to stress and was feeling very low and more than blue.
To say she didn’t enjoy her first Fit Camp session would be an understatement. It took her out of her comfort zone and she kept telling herself all she had to do was get through it and never come back. However, whilst walking back to her car that morning, something magical happened. She said she was suddenly aware of her arms and legs feeling alive. As if though they were firing off nerve impulses like she’d not felt for a long time. She’d not felt that good or alive or different for as long as she could remember. She did come back and the rest is history. Some 4 years down the line she’s off the medication, uses Fit Camp for her serotonin-fix three times a week and no longer worries about her weight. She feels so much happier and is a true Fit Camp ambassador for anyone new joining our Winnersh Fit Camp.
Her full story is here. It’s worth a read, it’s a very heartfelt piece about what it’s like to be suffering with depression and dealing with it..
At FastTrack Fit Camp we don’t mind why you’re coming to see us. Whether it’s weight loss, improved fitness or because you hate the gym, because you love being outside or because you want to feel happier. Doing ‘the thing’ gets the result.
Find ‘the thing’ that gets a result for you. Stick at it, give it 3 months before writing it off and see what happens.
To get involved with Fit Camp and our #1000WokyWomen Challenge please add your name to this form for our official launch in September.
We have a camper who says a lot “I wish I could have you live with me so you can cook me what I need to eat“. You can now have that opportunity!
Our next Weekender event is on 12-14 October in Monmouthshire in Wales. It’s full board, a full itinerary of outdoor activity and workshops and a great chance to get a weekend to yourself to feel rejuvenated and motivated for the last few months of the year. We’ve been running weekender events for 5 years and every one is a touch different and very memorable. Karen and I would love for you to join us.
Finally this week, please mark your diaries for Sunday 16 September when we’ll be hosting a Camp & Cakes for Macmillan Nurses Fund Raiser. We’re running it in memory of one of our previous campers who lost her life to cancer this week. There will be cake, drinks and exercise as an excuse to raise some money to support the nurses who she said cared for her so well.