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Get the Best out of Life: Resilience and Stress Management

Get the Best out of Life: Resilience and Stress Management

When was the last time you took a walk just to relax and admire the beauty around you? When was the last time you listened to bird song with your headphones off and no blaring music? We live in a very hectic society, which is fast paced, competitive and busy. Many people now have electronic health trackers to monitor the number of steps they take. This is a good thing, as exercise is good for you physically, mentally and cognitively. We are very aware that we have to look after our physical health, but much less so in terms of looking after our mental...
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Green Gyms: Wellbeing through Outdoor Conservation

Green Gyms: Wellbeing through Outdoor Conservation

Green Gyms transform people’s health and wellbeing through participation in outdoor conservation activity. They are group-based, physically challenging and result in green spaces for the wider public benefit. Regular attendees increase their activity over time and so get fitter. They also develop a social, or ‘peer-support’ network, and have higher levels of contact with nature. This powerful combination helps them to develop resilience against mental and physical health problems and - through learning how to manage green space - new skills, knowledge and...
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What is Dynamic Running Therapy?

What is Dynamic Running Therapy?

We are becoming increasingly aware of the holistic nature of physical and mental health, the knowledge that the mind and the body affect one another and both need our care for overall wellbeing. Doing exercise releases hormones to your brain which boost self-esteem, help you concentrate and help you get more sleep - all important factors in mental health. Exercise clubs, such as running clubs, are also a great way to meet new people. You don't have to be running half marathons to benefit from exercise: going for a walk, cycling to work, getting off the bus a few...
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Why you Should Join a Running Club

Why you Should Join a Running Club

“You should join a running club”. After the third person made the same suggestion I wondered if they knew something I didn’t. I’ve always run alone, happy at my own pace, competing against myself. Joining a running club had crossed my mind, but the idea of running with lots of people made me nervous – my perception was that I simply wasn’t good enough. A general impression of running clubs is that they are for ‘serious’ runners: gnarly men and whippet-like women who run marathons at weekends and compete in county leagues. Ruth thought the same: “I was always...
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Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of  Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy yoga helps women to connect to their bodies and their babies in the womb. They learn how to move more intuitively and to trust and have confidence in their bodies during birth. Pregnancy yoga helps women sleep better and keeps aches and pains, that are common later in pregnancy, at bay. As the bump starts to get bigger and heavier and the centre of gravity shifts, some women may start to experience back pain, rib pain, hip pain and shortness of breath. Regular yoga practice can help fine tune our balance both physically and emotionally, as we...
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The True Value of Volunteering in Sport

The True Value of Volunteering in Sport

Here at Join In, we often see the effect that volunteering has on people. We love hearing how rewarding our volunteers find it to help others, and make a difference in their communities. So we decided to look into the subject a little bit more with an independent online survey. What did we find? Our first conclusion was that volunteering in sport makes you happier. This wasn’t exactly new- previous research in other volunteering sectors has found much the same thing. The big question was how much happier? Could we quantify this? Well, yes we could. The results...
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