Are you looking for a fun and innovative way to boost your mood and increase confidence?
Are you looking for a sustainable approach to managing depression and anxiety?
At this time of year, about 50% of us make New Year’s Resolutions. Among the top three resolutions made are to: ‘get more exercise’ and ‘lose weight’ …’get more organized’ is the third.
Unfortunately, the majority who commit to exercise January 1 have stopped by June 1 – predominantly because they do not have a well thought out plan and the support to carry it through.
There is an abundance of research suggesting that regular physical activity (exercise) can be as effective as an antidepressant and/or a course of cognitive therapy in treating depression. 55% of people with depression who engage in regularly sustained physical activity will notice a significant improvement, if not full resolution, of their depressive symptoms.
Jump Step is a physical activity program for the treatment of depression and anxiety. In each of the eight weekly sessions we will try a variety of fun physical activities with a physical therapist, combined with positive and encouraging group discussions about exercise and wellness. Our newly reconfigured program will be eight, 2 hour virtual sessions via Zoom.
All participants who attend seven sessions or more will receive a free additional individual training session with our amazing fitness instructor Tony Fu over Zoom, as well as a free fitness band!
This program is designed to help you set personal goals, breakthrough barriers to exercise and improve your mood, while working towards achieving your health goals.
Physical Activity Component:
- Light band work
- Introduction to basic exercises
- Group discussion and support
- Educational component
- Weekly goal setting
When: Thursdays, April 8th – May 27th
Sign up today if you are:
- Over the age of 18
- Do not have an injury or medical condition preventing you from safely participating
- Able to commit to the full eight weeks.
No physician referral required!
Contact Jump Step volunteer Michael Sarvari today to join the waitlist!
Exercise as medicine—the use of group medical visits to promote physical activity and treat chronic moderate depression: a preliminary 14-week pre–post study:
Jump step – a community based participatory approach to physical activity & mental wellness: