Jump Step: Exercise for the treatment of depression
*We are currently accepting applications for our first session starting in Fall 2019 with further sessions in Winter/Spring 2020 *
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
- Light band work
- Introduction to basic exercises
Where: Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
When: Thursday, September 19 - November 21, 2019
One session per week
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!
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: