The St Ives Green Gym –Nature, Health and Wellbeing
We now know that exercise is very important for health and wellbeing. Taking regular exercise significantly reduces the risk of such conditions as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and improves anxiety and depression. In addition simply being in a natural environment has health benefits, reducing stress and depression – prompting the term “Ecotherapy” (see the link below).
What better way to take exercise than in good company doing something worthwhile and rewarding in the open air. So if you appreciate our natural environment, could do with getting a little more exercise or shaking off the blues, and want to give something back to nature then the Green Gym is for you.
The Green Gym scheme was pioneered in Oxfordshire by BTCV (now called TCV). Volunteers (or those coerced on the advice of their doctor, physiotherapist, employer etc) gain valuable exercise, improving their fitness and wellbeing by taking part in supervised conservation working parties. The Steeple Woodland Project Group was involved in setting up the first “Green Gym” in the Southwest in association with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the Stennack Surgery in St Ives.
The St Ives Green Gym is now run by volunteers. Sessions are held on Monday afternoons on sites around St Ives including the Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve. All ages are catered for, from all walks of life. Although the Green Gym works as a group there is no obligation to be the life and soul of the work-party and those needing a little space are welcome. Similarly there is no pressure to slave away and any contribution is appreciated.
For further information The TCV office telephone number is 01209 610600
Or contact Jadie Baker, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
And the local web site address where tasks are listed.www.tcv.org.uk/cornwall
Links: The MIND Ecotherapy report: http://www.mind.org.uk/mindweek2007/report/