This week, the Irish Independent has undertaken an initiative to promote positive mental health across all of our titles. Tackling everything from mild depression to more serious situations, the entire point of the project is to encourage you, our readers, to Mind Yourself – a simple message but a really important one.
One way FIT readers will know is a really positive way to Mind Yourself is through exercise. It's not just physical results we aim for when taking up a training regime or setting goals. It's a scientific fact that moving more, eating better, reaching milestones and staying motivated are key to keeping our minds focused on the positive things in life.
Exercise naturally promotes better mental health.
In this issue, three men explain how keeping fit helped with their depression. Athletes Alan O'Mara and Alan Quinlan share their stories along with cycling enthusiast Breifne Earley, whose mission to get on his bike and improve his well-being is really paying off.
We also share Tommy Archbold's story, which is both devastating and uplifting. After losing his beloved son to suicide, Tommy believes that running helped him cope and kept him sane through the darkest time of his life.
Our cover star this week is another inspiration, Ellen Schoenfelder who, like many of us, lost her way with fitness and nutrition, and found herself with health problems due to being overweight. Now, thanks to a gruelling regime, she's a new woman.
Until next week . . .