Breakers invite everyone to move for mental health

Coffs Harbour Breakers are inviting all footy lovers to join them in walking or running towards R U OK? Day on 9 September.

This is the latest initiative under the Breakers “Our Community Our Responsibility” Program and will raise much needed funds for the R U OK? Foundation. Based on the total number of kilometres walked the Breakers footy club will make a donation to the Foundation on behalf of all participants.

It’s been well documented that the lack of social connection during lockdowns can have a negative impact on people’s mental wellbeing. Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment that relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins.

Exercising towards R U OK? Day is also a great reminder to strike up a conversation with friends and family to check in and see how they’re going, and to support them in getting help where it’s needed. Rather than shy away from having what could turn out to be an uncomfortable conversation click here for tips on how to go about it and to find avenues to support people who need it.

To get involved simply exercise each day and use the Strava App to log your exercise. The challenge starts today (Friday 27 August) and goes through until R U OK? Day on Thursday 9 September. For more information check out the flyer by clicking here.

So come on, look after yourself by exercising, and look after your community by remembering the R U OK? message.