Physical activity is one of the best tools that you can use to improve your mental health. Unfortunately, it’s a tool that is massively underused.
Hi, my name’s Chris Stone and I’m a Mental Wellbeing Personal Trainer. I work with people looking to improve their mental wellbeing by promoting regular physical activity and self-help strategies.
Originally from the north-east coast of the Scottish Highlands, I moved down to Edinburgh to follow my passion for sport and physical activity and studied Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University.
Having graduated with a Sport & Exercise Science Degree from Edinburgh Napier I’ve since worked at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Nuffield Health, Challenger Sports (USA and Canada) and the Scottish Football Association.
The Wellbeing PT
In a fitness industry that is oversaturated with Personal Trainers, I very quickly recognised the need to specialise…
It didn’t take me long to settle on mental health. There were two main driving forces that led me to set up this service.
Firstly, having struggled with depression for seven years, I know firsthand how deeply debilitating poor mental health can be. However, I’ve also witnessed the transforming impact that regular physical activity can have on mental health.
Unfortunately, those with poor mental health often find it extremely difficult to exercise regularly and consequently miss out on the positive impact that physical activity has on their mental health.
Secondly, there is such a need for a service like this. There are so many PT’s who specialise in fat loss, bodybuilding, sports performance, nutrition, and so forth, but I’ve never met a PT who uses physical activity to enhance mental wellbeing.
It is clear that mental health is massively underfunded and there is simply not enough support for those who need it. While the service is not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment, it has proved to be valuable for many of my clients.
To ensure I was suitably prepared to fulfill the role of The Wellbeing PT, I qualified in Mental Health First Aid, completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and a number of NHS Mental Health courses.
The Re-Vive Programme
Physical and mental health are often seen and treated as two separate entities when in actuality, they are inseparable.
I wanted to create a programme that brought both physical and mental health together. Over the course of a year, I created an ebook, handbook and coaching plan; the eventual result was the Re-vive programme.
The programme promotes regular physical activity and self-help activities to empower you with the knowledge and tools to help you overcome both mental and physical challenges.
If you’d like to find out more about the program click on “The Re-Vive Programme” tab.