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A unique social enterprise dedicated to improving student mental health and well-being through a combined approach to running and mindfulness.

Run Light & Free

A unique grass roots social enterprise dedicated to improving student mental health and well-being through a combined approach to running and mindfulness.

Run, Light & Free

EXERCISE YOUR HEART: TRAIN YOUR MIND

Over the past few years, there has been increasing research into the psychological and cognitive benefits of aerobic exercise and mindfulness meditation on brain health and development. Advances in neuroscience have shown how voluntarily engaging in aerobic exercises (like walking, jogging and running) promotes the production of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a protein that supports existing brain cells and encourages the growth of new brain cells in areas of the brain associated with emotional regulation, memory, and cognition. Mindfulness meditation can help to maintain healthy cells and integrate new cells into the circuitry of the brain. The synergistic effects of combining running with mindfulness have been shown to reduce clinical symptoms of psychological distress, build resilience and improve synchronised brain activity – making it an effective intervention for improving student wellbeing, as well as motivating young people to initiate a healthy lifestyle change.

EXERCISE YOUR HEART: TRAIN YOUR MIND

Over the past few years, there has been increasing research into the psychological and cognitive benefits of aerobic exercise and mindfulness meditation on brain health and development. Advances in neuroscience have shown how voluntarily engaging in aerobic exercises (like walking, jogging and running) promotes the production of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a protein that supports existing brain cells and encourages the growth of new brain cells in areas of the brain associated with emotional regulation, memory, and cognition.

Mindfulness meditation can help to maintain healthy cells and integrate new cells into the circuitry of the brain. The synergistic effects of combining running with mindfulness have been shown to reduce clinical symptoms of psychological distress, build resilience and improve synchronised brain activity – making it an effective intervention for improving student wellbeing, as well as motivating young people to initiate a healthy lifestyle change.

MISSION

Here at TRiM, we believe that structured well-being and exercise interventions can have a transformative impact on the academic lives of young people – helping to improve both mental and cognitive health.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people accessing the beneficial combination of running and mindfulness programmes on University campuses across Birmingham and the West Midlands. We want to empower students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours that:

  • Reduce symptoms of psychological distress
  • Build resilience to academic stress
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing

Our aim is to establish TRiM programmes across UK universities and to build a TRiM movement dedicated to creating more resilient and healthier student communities.

MISSION

Here at TRiM, we believe that structured well-being and exercise interventions can have a transformative impact on the academic lives of young people – helping to improve both mental and cognitive health.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people accessing the beneficial combination of running and mindfulness programmes on University campuses across Birmingham and the West Midlands. We want to empower students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours that:

  • Reduce symptoms of psychological distress
  • Build resilience to academic stress
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing

Our aim is to establish TRiM programmes across UK universities and to build a TRiM movement dedicated to creating more resilient and healthier student communities.

WHAT WE DO

TRiM will be launching pilot ‘fitness to study’ workshops on university campuses in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  These workshops aim to:

  • Raise students’ awareness of the mental and cognitive health benefits of a combined approach to running and mindfulness.
  • Promote a fun, supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Equip students with the practical skills, confidence and knowledge to establish healthy lifestyle behaviours that improve physical and mental wellbeing.

We want to grow a community of runners dedicated to exercising healthier minds and attitudes towards mental health, while promoting physical exercise and healthier lifestyle for students in higher education.

WHAT WE DO

TRiM will be launching pilot ‘fitness to study’ workshops on university campuses in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  These workshops aim to:

  • Raise students’ awareness of the mental and cognitive health benefits of a combined approach to running and mindfulness.
  • Promote a fun, supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Equip students with the practical skills, confidence and knowledge to establish healthy lifestyle behaviours that improve physical and mental wellbeing.

We want to grow a community of runners dedicated to exercising healthier minds and attitudes towards mental health, while promoting physical exercise and healthier lifestyle for students in higher education.

Reasons to Trim

BOOST YOUR EMOTIONAL CONTROL

Running promotes mood elevating endorphins such as dopamine and serotonin that reduce feelings of distress and make us feel good. Mindfulness can lower stress by regulating our emotional response and build resilience to the accumulation of stress.

BOOST YOUR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Evidence suggests that regular aerobic exercise improves neurocognitive function, including processes related to learning and memory and mindfulness can help to enhance synchronised brain activity.

BOOST YOUR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH

Higher aerobic fitness and emotional control positively relates to greater balance between our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which is essential for balanced living, improved sleep and maintaining wellbeing.

Proudly Supported by

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Join The Movement

  • Be part of a growing movement dedicated to healthier minds and attitudes towards mental health.
  • Be part of the change to improving student mental health and wellbeing in higher education.
  • Help us build a community of runners ‘Daring to Transform Running into Mindfulness’.
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