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The Importance of Mental Health


Earlier on in the month on Friday 11th October, we hosted YMCA Exeter’s fourth annual fundraising dinner. Guests included: Karime Hassan, CEO of Exeter City Council; John Laramy, Principal of Exeter College; and Gill Hayes, Mental Health Champion and Tedx Exeter speaker. The Gala Dinner was attended by 170 people and through ticket sales, a silent auction and individual pledges, over £5,000 was raised for YMCA Exeter’s new mental health project, ‘Resilience’.

We know the importance of Mental Health, not only is awareness key but practising habits that would be beneficial to your wellbeing. There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. For example, it can help with better sleep, happier moods, better self-esteem, reducing the risk of depression, connecting with people and managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts!

Here at Woodbury park, we’re here to help in any way we can. Why not try one of our 17 classes? According to Les Mills UK, group exercisers are 26% less likely to cancel on a class than a gym-only member. Moreover, 35% remain loyal compared to 29% of total gym attendees. If classes aren’t suitable for you, pop in and see one of our wellness advisors to refresh your programme! Or take some ‘me’ time and relax, unwind and destress in our tranquil indoor pool area.