Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people.

They include depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, OCD and ADHD, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives, we want to offer a FREE space to exercise.

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At Aspire, youth mental health is important to us.  We want to give young people the opportunity to utilise exercise.  To help and manage symptoms for mental illness, alongside their professional support though, whichever means they currently use.
We also want to give youth mental health the awareness it needs in the local are and wider community.  Working with charities, health centres and doctors, we want to provide some FREE time to use the studios facilities.  Combine exercise or just this this type of environment in a way to combat and cope with mental illness.
The space will be free to use at certain times for any diagnosed youth mental health condition, or someone that has been referred to us from any organisation or local authority.
Numbers will have to be limited to allow enough time for each person but hours and times will be made available.
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Studies have shown, that the health benefits of exercise in teens can significantly improve depression or anxiety. Even just getting 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can improve overall mood. Exercising with an anxiety disorder can actually help reduce symptoms in teens and allow them to calm down.

DEPRESSION

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for many reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energise and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and find some time for yourself.

ANXIETY

A natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment is exercise. It can relieve tension and stress, it boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention to your movements instead of zoning out.

For instance try to notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground while running.  The rhythm of your breathing when exercising, focus on how the bar feels if lifting dumbbells or barbells. By adding these mindfulness elements and really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you’ll not only improve your physical condition faster, but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head.

STRESS

When we’re stressed our muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders.  This can leave you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or even muscle cramps. It’s not uncommon to experience problems such as insomnia, heartburn and ladder issues. The worry and discomfort of all these physical symptoms can in turn lead to even more stress, creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body.

Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

ADHD

Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD.  It can improve concentration, motivation, memory, and your general mood. Physical activity can immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels.  All of these can affect our focus and attention.  In this way, exercise can work in much the same way as ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.

PTSD

Evidence suggests that by really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can actually help your nervous system.  We can become move out of the immobilising Stress response that characterise PTSD or trauma.  Instead of allowing your mind to wander, pay close attention to the physical sensations in your joints and muscles and even your insides as your body moves.  Exercises that involve multi joint movements and ones that engage both arms and legs are the best choices.   Walking (especially in sand), running, swimming, weight training, or dancing would be great forms of exercise.

Here at aspire we want to encourage a community feel between everyone and make you feel welcome at all times. Whether you want to train on your own, join in with some group exercises, or even just spend time in the studio and being around this environment without even training straight away.  Everyone is welcome and our Youth Mental Health times are completely free.

 

Some benefits of this include:

  • increasing your physical health, getting nutrition advice to allow you to build  a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and the freedom to train, in a safe environment with your peers and have the space solely for your use.
  • being part of a community that gets along well and promotes positivity with each other
  • a FREE space to exercise without judgement