Moving more for our mental health

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, four of the GCMA’s Mental Health First Aiders share their tips on how to stay active at work.

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is movement, with physical activity linked to improved mental health outcomes.

With that in mind, four of the GCMA’s Mental Health First Aiders have offered up their top tips on how to stay active while at work.

So once you’ve finished reading this, get up and get moving!

Richard Jagger, General Manager at Brough GC (Region: Yorkshire)

  • Take the opportunity to schedule some time every week to walk the course with your head greenkeeper. This way you get to stay active and also see first-hand what’s happening on the golf course!
  • Take a break and get some fresh air. A quick walk off-site with a podcast on does wonders for your mental and physical health.
  • It’s not not possible for everyone if the commute is too long, but every now and again try cycling to work.  All clubs have showers and changing facilities so you can freshen up when you arrive. 

Phil Housley, GCMA Regional Manager (Region: North West)

  • I’d recommend even some simple exercise while sitting, like leg raises or arm circles.
  • Take the opportunity to walk and talk to someone in person rather than phone internally.
  • If you have a lift, stop one floor early and walk up the stairs the rest of the way.

Richard Hall, retired Secretary (Region: Chiltern)

  • Taking a half-hour break for a change of scenery is very helpful. You can enjoy a gentle stroll around the clubhouse or a nearby hole on the course.
  • You can try chair yoga or stretching exercises at your desk.
  • Any activity can boost energy levels and help to focus the mind and it’s great if you can get a few colleagues involved too.

Jonathan Webb, retired – formerly General Manager at Canterbury GC and Walmer & Kingsdown GC (Region: South East)

  • Walk the dog first thing in the morning to set you up for the day at work.
  • Make sure you take a proper break every day and get out for a walk.
  • Join a sports club with good mental health support. Ask your colleagues for suggestions.

Click here to learn more about the GCMA’s Wellbeing Initiative and the role of our Mental Health First Aiders

By GCMA Content Team

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