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
  • Stretching
  • Light band work
  • Introduction to basic exercises 

Schedule: 

 

Where: Mt. Pleasant Community Centre 

When:  Thursday, September 19 - November 21, 2019             

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/