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A unique intervention dedicated to increasing physical activity and improving mental well-being through a combined approach to aerobic exercise, running and mindfulness.

Run Light & Free

A unique social enterprise dedicated to increasing physical activity and improving mental well-being through a mindful approach to aerobic exercise and running.

Run Light & Free

Trim Project Stressed Uni Student, get outdoors! - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH

Stress can have significant long-term consequences for health. Too much of it can contribute to the development of many mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

Students in higher education are at increased risk of experiencing poorer mental health and mental distress, due to factors relating to academic, financial and social pressure. A recent rise in distressed students had led to 94% of universities reporting an increase in the number of students requesting counselling and wellbeing services. Universities are struggling to cope with this level of demand.

Where support and effective intervention is lacking, young people experiencing stress and mental health difficulties are more likely to experience poor physical health, disruptions to their study and are at increased risk of dropping out. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the same is manifesting itself in the workplace and more companies are seeking to provide support for their employees to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing is being looked after.

With increased stresses on students and employees, there is a need for innovative preventative and early intervention approaches that facilitate groups to maintain and improve mental health and wellbeing, alleviating pressures on support services and workforces.

Trim Project Stressed Uni Student, get outdoors! - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH

Stress can have significant long-term consequences for health. Too much of it can contribute to the development of many mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

Students in higher education are at increased risk of experiencing poorer mental health and mental distress, due to factors relating to academic, financial and social pressure. A recent rise in distressed students had led to 94% of universities reporting an increase in the number of students requesting counselling and wellbeing services. Universities are struggling to cope with this level of demand.

Where support and effective intervention is lacking, young people experiencing stress and mental health difficulties are more likely to experience poor physical health, disruptions to their studies and are at increased risk of dropping out. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the same is manifesting itself in the workplace and more companies are seeking to provide support for their employees to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing is being looked after.

With increased stresses on students and employees, there is a need for innovative preventative and early intervention approaches that facilitate groups to maintain and improve mental health and wellbeing, alleviating pressures on support services and workforces.

Our Mission at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

EXERCISE YOUR BODY: TRAIN YOUR MIND

Over the past few years, there has been increasing scientific research into the physiological impact of aerobic exercise and specifically running on brain health and development. Advances in neuroscience have shown how voluntarily engaging in aerobic exercise promotes positive changes in areas of the brain associated with emotional regulation, memory, and cognitive function.

In addition, running has been shown to activate the production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF),  a protein that supports existing brain cells and encourages the growth of new brain cells linked to learning and memory. While stressful life experiences have been shown to decrease the production of neurons and connectivity in the brain, sustained aerobic exercise and running helps generate almost twice as many new cells.

Mindfulness is a skill that changes the way we relate to experience. It trains us to notice and accept internal states and external realities before getting caught up or attached to certain thoughts and feelings. It teaches us how to coexist with a certain amount of discomfort whether it be mental, physical and emotional, and can help to maintain healthy new cells and facilitate the cultivation of a healthy mind.

The synergistic effects of combining aerobic exercise with mindfulness have been shown to reduce symptoms of psychological distress and enhance synchronized brain activity in areas of the brain linked with memory and learning – making it an effective prevention and intervention for maintaining wellbeing, improving mental health and enhancing mental fitness, as well as all-round physical health.

EXERCISE YOUR BODY: TRAIN YOUR MIND

Over the past few years, there has been increasing scientific research into the physiological impact of aerobic exercise and specifically running on brain health and development. Advances in neuroscience have shown how voluntarily engaging in aerobic exercise promotes positive changes in areas of the brain associated with emotional regulation, memory, and cognitive function.

In addition, running has been shown to activate the production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF),  a protein that supports existing brain cells and encourages the growth of new brain cells linked to learning and memory. While stressful life experiences have been shown to decrease the production of neurons and connectivity in the brain, sustained aerobic exercise and running helps generate almost twice as many new cells.

Mindfulness is a skill that changes the way we relate to experience. It trains us to notice and accept internal states and external realities before getting caught up or attached to certain thoughts and feelings. It teaches us how to coexist with a certain amount of discomfort whether it be mental, physical and emotional, and can help to maintain healthy new cells and facilitate the cultivation of a healthy mind.

The synergistic effects of combining aerobic exercise with mindfulness have been shown to reduce symptoms of psychological distress and enhance synchronized brain activity in areas of the brain linked with memory and learning – making it an effective prevention and intervention for maintaining wellbeing, improving mental health and enhancing mental fitness, as well as all-round physical health.

Our Mission at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.
Trim Project Who we are Logo - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

WHO WE ARE

TRiM is a unique social enterprise based in the West Midlands that puts physical and mental health at the heart of its work. Founded by Mike Buckle and set up as a Community Interest Company in October 2018, the project was set up to tackle the issue of mental health and stress, using a combined approach to aerobic exercise, running and mindfulness as an intervention for improving physical and mental wellbeing.

Unlike conventional approaches to aerobic exercise, TRiM focuses on developing mindfulness through aerobic exercise, jogging and running, and bringing those skills into play to help connect body and mind. We believe being active through walking, jogging and running, learning new skills through mindfulness and connecting with others in a fun, inclusive and social environment are all great ways for improving mental wellbeing.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people and employees accessing the beneficial combination of running and mindfulness programmes on University campuses and workforces across the West Midlands.

Our active exercise-wellbeing programme aims to connect individuals who would like to increase their physical activity levels and experience the benefits of a mindful approach to aerobic exercise and running for combatting stress and improving mental wellbeing.

 

Trim Project Who we are Logo - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

WHO WE ARE

TRiM is a unique social enterprise based in the West Midlands that puts physical and mental health at the heart of its work. Founded by Mike Buckle and set up as a Community Interest Company in October 2018, the project was set up to tackle the issue of mental health and stress, using a combined approach to aerobic exercise, running and mindfulness as an intervention for increasing physical activity and improving mental wellbeing.

Unlike conventional approaches to aerobic exercise, TRiM focuses on developing mindfulness through aerobic exercise, jogging and running, and bringing those skills into play to help connect body and mind. We believe being active through walking, jogging and running, learning new skills through mindfulness and connecting with others in a fun, inclusive and social environment are all great ways for improving mental wellbeing.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people and employees accessing the beneficial combination of running and mindfulness programmes on University campuses and workforces across the West Midlands.

Our active exercise-wellbeing programme aims to connect individuals who would like to increase their physical activity levels and experience the benefits of a mindful approach to aerobic exercise and running for combatting stress and improving mental wellbeing.

 

Reasons to Trim

Trim Project improving your mood - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

BOOST YOUR MINDSET

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.

Trim Project relax your mind - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

BOOST YOUR FOCUS

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.

Trim Project sleep better after exercise - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

BOOST YOUR SLEEP

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

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National Lottery Funded - supporting Trim Project

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