The Benefits of the Physical with MIND
At YMCA Gym, we believe in the power of physical fitness not only to improve physical health but also to enhance mental wellbeing. That’s why this past year, we’ve supported members from a cohort with Tyneside and Northumberland MIND to provide a unique programme that combines physical development with mental health support.
MIND is a leading mental health charity that offers support and resources to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. We work with up to 8 participants per 12-week cohort, designing a programme and monitoring their progress using the Inbody Analyser.
Our gym instructors understand that each individual has a unique set of needs and goals. They work closely with MIND referrals to create personalised fitness plans tailored to their specific requirements. By considering their physical abilities, preferences and limitations, our instructors ensure a safe and effective workout each session.
To ensure continuous progress, our gym instructors help MIND referrals set achievable goals. By setting milestones and tracking progress, individuals can witness their physical development while it positively impacts their mental wellbeing. Our instructors make sure to foster a sense of community and encourage group support amongst the MIND cohorts. This sense of belonging helps boost motivation and overall wellbeing.
From the most recent cohort, 5 participants have been rewarded with a free 6-month membership for attending each week of the programme! We’d call that a success!
A dearly loved gym member, joined YMCA Gym in January 2023 and her incredible journey has inspired us all. From poor health to fighting fit, Mary has triumphed.
YMCA Gym have teamed up with Trekstock to deliver 8-week exercise rehab programmes to young people in their 20s and 30s with a current or previous Cancer diagnosis.
One of our members returned to us after receiving Cancer treatment and described it as ‘coming home’.
It’s reached that point in the year when motivation begins to fail and those New Year’s resolutions you made are now a distant memory. You have all the excuses under the sun for not doing that Zumba class, or skipping those early morning Kettlebells, and it’s time to shake things up!
Early December, Cafe 1879 hosted YMCA Gym’s Annual Christmas Lunch where 29 of our members attended, enjoying an afternoon of celebrations and a delicious 3-course meal.
It may still be cold and windy outside but the warmer weather is just around the corner and there’ll be no better time to exercise outdoors. There are many reasons why working up a sweat in the great outdoors makes us feel good. Gorgeous views, sun on our faces and getting away from the hustle and bustle of a packed gym, to name a few.