Exercise as good for the brain as the body

‘I’ve got your back’ t-shirts are available from Fit Collective.

Not everyone is sorry they don’t teach Latin in schools any more, but it sometimes has the perfect way of describing something. Sporting and educational leaders have long recognised that physical exercise is an essential element in mental and psychological health, a concept known by the Romans as mens sana in corpora sano; ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body.’ 

This philosophy underpins the vision of Wanaka’s Fit Collective, not only in its everyday work in supporting its members’ fitness goals, but in the fundraising work it does on behalf of Community Networks Wānaka. “Some days it’s not just about speed or distance —  it’s just therapy,” said Kim Parry, business manager, the Fit Collective

Since its inception three years ago, the Fit Collective, which was voted People’s Choice at the Ignite Business Awards at the end of last year, has raised more than $10,000 through quiz nights and fun work-out sessions perfectly aligned with this vision. Community Networks uses these funds to help people with the cost of seeing a counsellor. 

The Fit Collective’s latest fund-raising venture is the production and sale of cool purpose-designed ‘I’ve got your back’ tee-shirts (see picture). Priced at $35, they are available from the Fit Collective in Gordon Road in a number of designs and sizes, with proceeds going towards mental health in Wānaka. Call in and pick one up.

In exactly the same spirit, the Wānaka Mental Health Peer Support Group organises a monthly ‘Walk for mental health meetup’ on the last Saturday of each month. Meet at 10.00am at the Edgewater Hotel Cafe, all welcome. The group also holds a monthly tea and chat meetup on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm in the Plunket Rooms, 51 Ardmore Street. There are plans for more outdoor activities in the evenings and weekends, so watch this space.

If you need advice on support services that might be available to you in Wānaka or if you need help with the cost of seeing a counsellor give Kate Murray at Community Networks a call on 03 443 7799 or email kate@communitynetworks.co.nz. Or call in at the Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street.


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