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World Mental Health Day 2017

10th October 2017

We're supporting #WorldMentalHealthDay this week!

Mental Health matters and we should talk about it. Share this post and help us raise awareness for such an important issue. It is just as important as physical health and should be made more aware of the severity of it.

We have spoken to our Darlington PT's with advice about coping with Mental Health and the benefits fitness and exercise can have on your mentality.

Whether it be in the gym, participating in a sport or hobby, a lot of peolpe use exercise to de-stress and take their mind off problems they are facing. Exercise is proven to stimulate various brain chemicals which helps you feel refreshed and relaxed. 

This year, WMHD are rasinig awareness of Mental Health in the workplace. Find their Twitter page here for more information and help raise awareness for such an important issue.


Jordan Hanratty disusses the effects of stress:

"The main reason some people gather more fat around their middle than others is specifically because of the action of the stress hormone cortisol.  
Millions of years ago, our bodies were designed to react quickly to danger. Like wild animals we were on constant alert so we could run or fight if threatened. When your brain thinks your life is in danger it stimulates the release of adrenaline and cortisol. This fight or flight response is incredibly clever and thoroughly efficient. It provides instant energy for 5-10 minutes allowing you to react swiftly to dangerous situations. 
These days, many of us live under chronic stress. But our bodies can’t distinguish between late trains, missed appointments, spiralling debt, infuriating work colleagues, family disputes and the truly life-threatening stress it gears up to challenge. So it reacts exactly the same as it’s always done. 
The problem with many modern lifestyles is that stress is almost continuous and comes without the natural release that either fighting or fleeing might provide. Unless you do something physical (as your body is expecting you to) all that extra energy, in the form of fat and glucose, has nowhere to go. It must be simply re-deposited as fat."