We all know the benefits to our physical health of getting outside and getting more active. But many are unaware that physical exercise can have positive effects on our mental health and general wellbeing.
A new multi-sports group has been set up in Leeds by an enthusiastic group of people who are served by ubu. These dedicated sports fans are looking to encourage other people living independently in ubu supported services to enjoy the benefits of participating in healthy exercise. They have all experienced positive results from being more active and want to share these opportunities with other people.
The multi-sports group have been supported to set up and arrange events as part of ubu’s ongoing health and wellness planning. It enables the people ubu serves to identify ways to improve their general health, find a dietary regime that suits them and access exercise programmes that support these well-being goals.
The group decided to kick-off the project with a “football week”. It is a sport most of its members feel passionately about so it seemed like a good place to begin. The ubu multi-sports group started the session with warm-up exercises designed to get everyone moving and ready to enjoy a game of football together. These included some simple stretching exercises with short walks and runs. The team members tried these exercises with and without a football and went on to display some excellent dribbling skills between cones.
What followed was a brilliant 4-a-side football match which was enjoyed by all involved, both players and spectators. This event was a tremendous success with some very positive comments coming from everyone who attended. The group agreed that what made the activity even more pleasing was that the people who came along to watch the event were really engaged and supportive. It was an opportunity for people to see for themselves the benefits of getting together and for them to be inspired to join in with group activities.
The team members who came up with the idea for this group in the first place, showed natural leadership and warmth to all who attended the session. Everyone involved in the ubu multi-sport group enjoyed taking part, shared their skills and abilities and encouraged each other to get sporty!