We’ve already talked about how movement is an important part of anyone’s mental health toolkit. Today, I’d like to spotlight an incredible local resource that features weekly movement classes (virtual for now), information and updates on COVID-19 and vaccine availability, and other wellness support, events and educational programs.
The New Bedford Wellness Initiative Facebook group has been helping people get and stay well since 2014 and exists to raise health awareness and take steps for a WELL community, according to its Facebook description.
It’s inspiring tagline is Get Moving, Get Healthy, and Be Well.
The local resource posts a live-streamed series of classes every week that includes yoga, meditation, nutrition and other choices to support individual wellness in the region. There are also special programs such as Walk with a Doc, an event that is still being held (outdoors and in-person) even during the winter.
It’s a great place to find local support for your own wellness as well as inspiration for getting moving in a connected community of more than 5,000 members.
Research has shown that movement isn’t just important for your physical health. There’s plenty of evidence that shows that movement can also boost your mood and mental well-being.
For example, one study, described here, showed that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression.
Is it time to consider adding more movement to your routine? Spring may not be here yet, but it’s coming. We felt its first gentle breezes with this week’s sunny days and 40-degree weather.
Get prepared now for a more active spring by joining New Bedford Wellness here.