Movement As Medicine

Leon Taylor joins Mark to discuss Movement as Medicine

We are delighted to share with you an exclusive interview with our friend and collaborator Olympian Leon Taylor.

We all know exercise is good for our physical wellbeing but did you know it can really help our mental wellbeing too?  Especially now when we need it more than ever.
In this interview you’ll learn how simple movement can stop the build-up of stress, and we are not talking about running a marathon.  
Leon will share with you exercises that you can do anytime anywhere to help you be mentally fit.  You’ll also learn:
  • How to reduce anxiety and depression
  • How to make exercise effortless
  • How to make small changes to help you and those around you, to thrive more of the time
We’d love to learn what you found most useful, please share your comments below.
We look forward to seeing you next month and in the meantime..
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  1. Mark Mulligan-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 10:09 am

    I hope you enjoyed the interview with the amazing Leon! Now I’d love to hear what you think.

    * What did you find most useful?
    * What small changes are you going to make?

  2. Bern Maguire-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 10:58 am

    I really loved the part about getting up from your desk to move around when feeling stressed. This is something which I know can make a big difference but I still don’t seem to do! Thanks for the reminder Leon and Mark, great video!

  3. Kirsty-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 11:08 am

    Loved the video thanks so much guys! My favourite part was when Leon explained how movement causes the release of BDNF in the brain, and in turn hippocampal restructuring… I never knew that! Absolutely fascinating stuff.

  4. Bryan-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 11:22 am

    I found Leon’s story incredibly interesting, he also raised some really great points! I particularly resonate with the one about finding an exercise you enjoy, I think that’s the key to making it effortless.

  5. Leon-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Delighted to have been able to share my passion for movement and its benefits.
    Remember to get out of your heads and into your bodies – move frequently and find the movements that fill you with joy!

  6. Fabi Waisbort-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 12:51 pm

    This landed at exactly the right time for me. Five weeks into isolation and finding that my enthusiasm for exercise has waned. It’s given me the boost that I needed. Thanks so much.

  7. Sarah Beadsmoore-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Fascinating to hear how physical intervention can have such an impact on mental wellbeing. I certainly find it lifts my mood but didn’t realise the science behind it. Great reminder to get moving from your desk in times of stress instead of feeling guilty for leaving it. Thanks for giving me the impetus to get out and get moving!

  8. Paul Noel-Reply
    7th May 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I absolutely advocate movement for well-being. Amazing how even a small amount of activity can work wonders for low-mood/depression. But also helps getting out stuck patterns to bring on some creativity.

  9. Paula Rawlinson-Reply
    11th May 2020 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for another inspirational video Mark. For me being in the situation we are now has meant I need to get my hits differently, so instead of going to the gym and participating in classes I do virtual gym sessions, daily walks with the family and sometimes just stop work do something completely random and then restart. This helps me to focus but also gives me time for me. It was great hearing Leon talk about the different activities and give ideas.

  10. Jude Sclater-Reply
    12th May 2020 at 9:53 am

    One of the hardest things about leaving Deloitte was leaving my personal trainer. She is awesome and so perceptive. She could see how stressed I was just by the way I walked into the gym and on those days we would do a little boxing.

    Afterwards I would leave feeling calmer and much more resourceful.

    I know when I’m stressed I have a tendency to keep ploughing on and it makes so much more sense to stop, even briefly to move and breathe.

    Also, don’t you just love Mark’s voice? I could listen to him all day ❤

  11. Ben-Reply
    13th May 2020 at 6:50 am

    Another valuable video! – I love the part about incorporating regular movement into your daily routine.

    I am going to go back to using the pomodoro technique timer to ensure I get up for regular movement breaks away from my desk to reduce the build up of sedentary stress I sometimes struggle with.

  12. Sue Riley-Reply
    13th May 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Another great video and invaluable during lockdown! The idea of trying different things has increased my motivation to explore things other than a daily walk and try random types of exercise. It also reminded me of how Beverley was as a child

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