Jump Step: Exercise for the treatment of depression

*** Due to Covid 19 concerns - the April 9 start of the next Jumpstep session is currently on hold. Please continue to contact Mike Savari to put your name on the wait list for the next session. We will contact you with future dates when it is safe to resume this group based program. ***


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?

 

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 10-week physical activity program for depression. Each week you will have the opportunity to have positive, encouraging group discussions with a mental health professional and try a variety of fun activities with a physical therapist. 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.

Hour 1 – Group Meeting:

  • Check in with a mental health professional
  • Group discussion
  • Educational component
  • Weekly goal setting

Hour 2 – Physical Activity Component:

  • Brisk walk
  • Stretching
  • Light band work
  • Introduction to basic exercises 

Schedule: 

 

Where: Mt. Pleasant Community Centre 

When: Thursday's, January 16 - March 19, 2020             

One session per week

3:30pm-5:30pm

 

 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 10 weeks. 

No physician referral required!

Contact Jump Step volunteer Michael Sarvari today to join the waitlist!

Email: mikesarvari@gmail.com

 

References:

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:

https://bmjopensem.bmj.com/content/1/1/e000036

 

Jump step - a community based participatory approach to physical activity & mental wellness:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579937/