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Our Mission & Vision
Body and Mind
Due to the constant feedback loop between mind and body it is so important to look after our body if we want to look after our minds. If we consider the common symptom of low activity levels in depression it becomes clear that our mental health and body are closely linked. Thus, at RESET we thinks it’s instrumental to promote physical activity while delivering interventions for mental health disorders.
Our clients are supported with strength training by our personal trainers who create individualised plans that take into account a person’s physical ability. The benefits of strength training range from increased confidence to increasing ability to change thought patterns. If you are interested in recent research that highlights the benefits of strength training please read below.
Why strength training…..
The Impact of Strength Training
Strength training aims to increase muscular strength, often through the use of weights or bodyweight exercises. Strength training has been proposed as a successful intervention to many mental health disorders, and this has been demonstrated across a range of studies.
A review of the literature on exercise and mental health by Heinze et al (2021) found that physical activity increases BDNF, a protein that stimulates neural plasticity. This is important as low neural plasticity is associated with high incidences of mental health. The review also found that exercise leads to improvements in frontal brain areas (the area of the brain involved in cognitive function).
Additionally, Smith and Merwin (2021) found that strength training supports the development of new behaviours and routines, as well as improving cognitive and affect regulation. We can view strength training as improving our ability to promote healthy cognitions as well as enhancing our ability to change old behaviours. These mechanisms allow improvements in many aspects of a client’s wellbeing, using only a single intervention. This is an extremely efficient approach to treatment, and may be relatively low cost compared to medical alternatives.
While physical activity is often recommended as part of traditional treatment for certain mental health disorders such as depression, it is rarely the focus of intervention. However research has found that exercise interventions lead to decreased symptomology in those with addiction (Dolzeal et al, 2013); eating disorders (Danielsen et al, 2018); psychosis (Mittal et al, 2017) depression and anxiety (Ashdwon-Franks et al, 2020).
One of the aims of the RESET approach is to elevate the perceived importance of physical activity to our mental health, incorporating strength training (and other somatic interventions) as a primary treatment alongside traditional therapeutic techniques.
How We Can Help
The RESET Health Group recognises the benefits of strength training for mental health and offers services designed to help people to come up with a routine that works for them.
This can range from supporting clients in the gym or creating routines that can be completed at home. Clients are always supported by a personal trainer.
Although getting people to experience strength training is extremely important we also think it’s instrumental that people understand just why strength training is important. Alongside the physical activity sessions we also hold psychoeducation sessions on the impact of exercise.
By sticking to this routine and achieving their goals, people can become stronger physically and mentally. You can learn how to develop positive behaviours and manage your well-being in a healthy way.