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Free fitness events for Mental Health Awareness Week in Skipton area

A group of local health and fitness businesses have created a schedule of free activities for next week to help improve mental health.

The programme is designed to help raise awareness of how mental and physical health go hand-in-hand and takes place during Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-15th May).

Led by local running coach Hannah Rayner, a schedule of 12 events over the week, all free to attend, has been organised to not only help raise awareness of how physical health can promote mental health but also raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

CrossFit Skipton, The Happiness Helper, WithM, Sandylands Fitness Centre, Dalesway Physio Pilates, Nurturing Touch, The Forest Guru, Peachy Queens, Sacred Awakenings, Peak Wellbeing, Skipton AC and HR Running Coach are all hosting free beginner-friendly events in different locations around the Craven area.

Hannah, who started HR Running Coach after finding running massively improved her mental health, says: “I fell in love with the way running made me feel, the time to myself and the feeling of achievement. I soon decided that I wanted to help and support others in discovering the many physical and mental benefits running brings.

"The activities that these amazing local fitness businesses are hosting for Mental Health Awareness week are a great opportunity for members of the public to see how physical health can promote better mental wellbeing and hopefully raise some funds for the Mental Health Foundation too!

"From a Hiit class at CrossFit Skipton, the gym in Embsay, to a wild swim with the Peachy Queens, an activewear company based in Burley in Wharfedale, and another 10 fantastic events all free to attend, we hope that we can promote mental and physical health to Skipton locals!"

Chris, Owner of CrossFit Skipton says: “Mental health is so important in today’s world and as a health and fitness gym, we understand the importance of physical health in promoting a better relationship with mental health. We want physical health to be accessible for all so for this week we’re so happy to welcome anyone and everyone to our gym for our beginner friendly SWEAT Hiit Class.

"We’re so happy to be a part of this group of businesses and raise awareness of mental health in our community and of course raise money for the Mental Health Foundation too."

The schedule of events is shown below - to book a place visit

Monday 9th May

10:00 - SWEAT Hiit class with Ruth at CrossFit Skipton, Embsay Mills
12:30 - Mindset reset for a happier you online class with The Happiness Helper

Tuesday 10th May

14:00 - Guided hike up Buckden Pike with Michaela of WithM.
19:30 - PumpFX Class with Kiri at Sandylands Fitness Centre, Skipton

Wednesday 11th May

10:30 - Pilates with Nicky Sykes of Dalesway Physio Pilates
20:00 - Online Sound bath with Jennie from Nurturing Touch

Thursday 12th May

10:30 - Forest Bathing Walk with The Forest Guru at Broughton Hall
17:00 - Wild Swim in Burnsall with the Peachy Queens
19:30 - Online Nidra Yoga with Lyn from Sacred Awakenings

Friday 13th May

9:30 - Bootcamp in Grassington with Hannah from Peak Wellbeing

Saturday 14th May

9:00 - Skipton Parkrun with Skipton AC

Sunday 15th May

9:30 - Guided run and talk with Hannah from HR Running Coach


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