Updated: Aug 12, 2021
Mental health issues can take many forms and manifest themselves in a variety of ways. While a fitness instructor isn't expected to be a mental health expert, that doesn't mean there aren't things they can do and explore to help students manage their mental health.
Our work as Fitness instructors become a vital part of their student's lives as a support system, offering an opportunity for transformation and, in the long run, improving their mental attitude. It is undeniable that becoming a fitness instructor can reshape a person's life.
If you want to learn what our BarraFit team of instructors can do to help students with mental health, keep reading! This article will cover how we can form strong bonds with students, assisting them in achieving their fitness, weight loss, performance, mobility, flexibility, and strength goals while also getting healthier.
The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Mental Health
We must realize that each mental condition is unique and affects people differently. As a result, the advantages of exercise may appear immediately or take time to appear. In any event, it's essential to take mental health seriously and to tailor training and diet plans to each student's preferences.
Nevertheless, the relationship between fitness and mental health improvement is undeniable. People can start to experience enhanced wellness and vigor and improved attention and alertness because of exercise, producing hormones such as endorphins. As a result, instructors for fitness-related capacities can play an essential role in assisting students suffering from mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
We Are Here For Our Students, Our Mission Is Inspire The Athlete Within
Communication might be difficult for persons who are suffering from mental health issues. While some students will be upfront about their mental health issues, others may remain undetected. Engaging with others about their mental health can be self-care for some people, but not everyone finds it easy to convey their thoughts and emotions.
We as BarraFIT Fitness instructors can aid their students' growth and provide even more support along their journeys by communicating effectively. The idea is to provide positive reinforcement and regularly meet with students to talk about their progress and programs.
Not only will this assist them in managing their expectations, but it will also demonstrate the significant steps they're taking in attaining their objectives, giving them a better sense of accomplishment and support. Since fitness might not be their first choice for treating their condition, students will value knowing how they are progressing and their next steps.
Exercising has been shown to help those with mental health issues. By understanding the needs of students with mental health issues, fitness instructors may help them reap the full advantages of being more active and improving their fitness without inadvertently having a negative influence.
Our team of instructors at the new BarraFIT Studio coming to Scottsdale this August can help athletes and non-athletes with physical training, such as Combat, Performance, Strength, and Flex while improving their mental health and well-being. Contact us today to learn more!
Vivi Almeida | Co-Founder BarraFIT Studio Scottsdale