Posted: Friday 21st April 2017
The BBC aired documentary ‘Mind over Marathon’ last night to an overwhelmingly positive response from the general public. The first episode followed 10 individuals training for the London Marathon in an attempt to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Here at Hertfordshire County Council we know that there is a strong link between being physically active and improving both physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Piers Simey, Consultant in Public Health for HCC, said:
“The evidence linking being more active and overcoming mental health issues is compelling. The BBC documentary captured this brilliantly, covering the difficulties we can all face getting going, as well as the benefits that were clearly felt by participants. It was an inspiring programme.
“We’re working across Herts to support people of all ages to take those first steps. Running will not be for everyone and in many ways walking is the perfect prescription for those looking to start out, be it by going to a local park, walking with the kids on the school run, or joining the free Herts Health Walks groups across the county. But for those who want to start out running, I’d really recommend the Couch to 5k App from the NHS which gives a graded plan. Or join the crowd on one of Hertfordshire’s 10 free Park Runs every Saturday at 9am. I’ll be doing one tomorrow with people of all ages and abilities, enjoying the atmosphere and the endorphins!”
We wish all those Hertfordshire residents running the London Marathon this weekend good luck. For those who would prefer a slightly shorter distance find out where your local park run is being held this weekend.
Find out more about the ‘Couch to 5K’ App from the NHS.
And you can also find details of where to find the Herts Health Walks.