Exercise has never been more essential for well-being.

Stress and anxiety about the spread of the novel coronavirus, coupled with increased social distancing and isolation recommendations, may be affecting your mental health more than you realize. Now more than ever, physical and mental health and wellness are a top priority. We are social beings. We like to connect and touch and be close to people, and over the last few months we’ve all had to change our behaviour, which can upset our equilibrium, create a feeling of isolation and overall everything just feels upside down. But as proven time and time over mental health starts with physical wellness. Gyms are closed and our activities are so limited, it’s easy to become inactive and not realize that you’re barely moving throughout the day. Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. 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.

It was with this in mind that St. Patrick’s Society partnered up with Stott certified Pilates instructor and long-time supporter of our Society, Dee Lyons, to offer a free Pilates session to our members. Consistent physical activity is well known to lower stress and anxiety and improve mood, not to mention strengthening your immune system. We will beat this together.

Online workouts is not new but the uptake over the last 2/3 months has skyrocket when gyms and fitness centres around the world were forced to close. It will be interesting to see how gyms will adjust to the new safety measures when they reopen. New safety measures will include the limited capacity, distance between equipment’s, a review of and of course the temperature checks and contract tracing at the door. For many this won’t be an issue and wont defer them from getting back into the gym. However for others I suspect that the demand for exercising from the comfort of one's home is here to stay for the long haul.

I look forward to the Pilates session on Wednesday 16th June. Dee holds regular zoom classes and I intend to be joining them going forth. !

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