This August, Brits across the country will be looking to refocus their time and energy on physical and mental health to align with National Wellness Month.
The awareness month encourages people to prioritise self-care, while managing the stress of everyday life and healthy routines, so the nation can focus on feeling like the best version of themselves.
This comes as almost a third of UK adults (32%) reported that they were motivated to exercise because it improves their mental health, according to the Healthier Nation Index Report 2023.
To help Brits work on their wellbeing, premium performance sportswear brand, Castore, is encouraging the UK to get active and improve their physical health this month and beyond. The brand is on a mission to prove that ‘Better Never Stops’, creating sportswear which is engineered with high-performance fabrics to assist people in achieving their very best.
Castore has partnered with Joe Joyce, Former World WBO Interim, European and British Heavyweight champion and brand ambassador, to share his top tips on how exercise not only improves physical health, but mental health too.
Joe Joyce, Castore brand ambassador, said: “As an athlete who constantly needs to prioritise physical and mental wellness, I’m eager to play my part in spreading the word about the benefits of exercise.”
TIP 1: MINDSET MATTERS
“When exercising, it’s incredibly important to work on your mindset. In everything I do in my life, I want to be the best – I want to always get better and improve. And with boxing, that mindset is the reason I’ve managed to get to where I am in my career.
“In the hardest moments of my training, what gets me through is becoming the best, growing both as a fighter and as a person. You can always achieve your goals and progress through dedication, and National Wellness Month is the perfect opportunity to channel your commitment into exercise.”
TIP 2: NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
“Exercise can be incredibly challenging, especially when the weather is miserable and your motivation is on the floor, but consistency and hard work will work wonders on your mental health.
“Not only does physical exercise release feel-good hormones that boost your mood and motivation, but training hard also keeps the mind occupied, so you don’t dwell on everyday stresses. This month is the perfect time to challenge yourself by setting fitness goals or daily reminders to get active.
“Hard work is a vital part of my training, and in my career I’ve had to make sacrifices and leave my comfort zone to become a champion. While I’ve dedicated countless hours to becoming an expert in my sport, don’t let this level of training intimidate you. Just 30 minutes of exercise per day can be a major mood booster if you can consistently stick to it.”
TIP 3: WORK HARD, REST HARDER
“While exercise can work wonders for your mental health, resting is equally vital to reap the benefits of this. When I broke my arm last year, this rest period allowed me to renew my energy and made me more motivated to come back stronger.
“This National Wellness Month, it’s important to get an adequate amount of sleep each night to keep your physical and mental health in check. Regular periods of rest will also help you to detox and unwind from everyday stresses.”
TIP 4: PASSION PREVAILS
“Exercising shouldn’t feel like a chore – it’s all about feeling good about yourself and developing a passion for it, in whatever shape or form that may be.
“I think the best piece of advice I have received is to enjoy what you do – having a devotion for something is the best way to create opportunities in your life. Whether it’s walking your dog, a workout class with your friends or some meditative yoga, choose a form of exercise that you’re passionate about and improved physical and mental health should follow.”
Tom Beahon, Castore co-founder, said: “Exercise is incredibly beneficial for our physical and mental being, improving everything from self-esteem and stress to strengthening your bones and muscles. During National Wellness Month, we’re eager to educate Brits on the power of physical exercise so they can become healthier, happier versions of themselves.
“Joyce is incredibly determined to reach the next level of his career while prioritising his physical and mental wellbeing at every step, and we’re proud to work with him and share his expert tips on the benefits of exercise.
“This August, we’re encouraging everyone to get active and prioritise a healthy routine, and our premium performance sportswear and athleisure will help support them through this journey.”
For more information about Joyce’s partnership and to browse Castore’s product range, please visit the website here: https://castore.com/