The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) is now offering Movement is Medicine, a fitness training group, at its Jamestown location in the Gateway Building, Door 14, 31 Water St.
Brian Mayo, MHA volunteer and certified personal trainer is leading the group, which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Those at any experience level are welcome and, like all MHA groups, it is free and open to the public.
As Mayo says in a Facebook live post with Certified Peer Specialist Sean Jones, Movement is Medicine is basically a boot camp fitness class that includes high cardio to help build muscle mass, strength, and create an overall good feeling.
“If you look good, you feel good. Exercise helps you in your recovery,” Mayo said. “Once you stop using substances, it’s a natural help, focusing on looking better and feeling better.”
Mayo notes that he has been on “both sides of the fence.” Movement is Medicine works exercisers hard to get in better shape and feel better about themselves while you are in recovery from substance use disorders, mental health issues or just want to shed some pounds.