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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

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.

WHAT’S THE ISSUE?

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

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, individuals experiencing stress and mental health difficulties are more likely to experience poor physical health, disruptions to their work and are at increased risk of dropping out or leaving work.

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 individuals, there is a need for innovative and preventative approaches that facilitate students and employees to maintain good mental wellbeing and improve mental health, alleviating pressures on support services.

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

WHAT’S THE ISSUE?

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

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, individuals experiencing stress and mental health difficulties are more likely to experience poor physical health, disruptions to their work and are at increased risk of dropping out or leaving work.

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 individuals, there is a need for innovative and preventative approaches that facilitate students and employees to maintain good mental wellbeing and improve mental health, alleviating pressures on support services.

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

AEROBIC EXERCISE, RUNNING & MINDFULNESS

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 intervention for maintaining wellbeing, improving mental health and enhancing mental fitness, as well as all-round physical health.

AEROBIC EXERCISE, RUNNING & MINDFULNESS

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 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 running and mindfulness intervention that was set up as a  We deliver structured exercise-wellbeing interventions for groups of individuals studying on university campuses and working in the public and corporate sector, with a vision of using a mindful approach to running as a strategy for managing stress and improving mental wellbeing.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people accessing the beneficial combination of running and mindfulness programmes to help improve their mental wellbeing. We want to empower young people with the confidence, knowledge and skills to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits that actively:

  • Build Resilience to Stress
  • Reduce Symptoms of Distress
  • Enhance Focus and Concentration

TRiM’s long term aims are to:

  • Increase participation in aerobic exercise and mindfulness programmes among young people through TRiM’s outreach programme and services.
  • Provide access to TRiMcourses, resources and programmes through TRiM’s online platform.
  • Integrate TRiM programmes as a prevention and early intervention strategy for tackling mental health within existing wellbeing services.
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 running and mindfulness intervention dedicated to improving mental wellbeing in young people.

TRiM delivers structured exercise-wellbeing interventions for groups of individuals studying on university campuses and working in the public and corporate sector, with a vison of using a mindful approach to running as strategy for managing stress and improving mental wellbeing.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people accessing the beneficial combination of running and mindfulness programmes to help improve their mental wellbeing. We want to empower young people with the confidence, knowledge and skills to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits that actively:

  • Build Resilience to Stress
  • Reduce Symptoms of Distress
  • Enhance Focus and Concentration

TRiM’s long term aims are to:

  • Increase participation in aerobic exercise and mindfulness programmes among young people through TRiM’s outreach programme and services.
  • Provide access to TRiMcourses, resources and programmes through TRiM’s online platform.
  • Integrate TRiM programmes as a prevention and early intervention strategy for tackling mental health within existing wellbeing services.

Reasons to Trim

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Lloyd Bank Logo - supporters of Trim Projects, West Midlands
School for Social Entrepreneurs Logo - supporters of Trim Project, West Midlands
National Lottery Funded - supporting Trim Project

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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