In over 20 years in the Fitness Industry, I’ve noticed a lot of changes.

One is the things people will talk to me about when they first start working with me.

Now I’m sure part of that is that I’ve got older, people feel I’m more likely to listen and understand and that people have often read an amount of these blogs (and / or watched my videos) before I get into an actual conversation with them.

But a massive part is reflected by what we all, as a society, are talking about and feel more comfortable discussing.

Such as mental health.

I may be wrong, but I don’t feel I remember anyone telling me twenty years ago that they’d joined the gym I worked in, or wanted 1:1 with me, in order to benefit their mental health.

I’m sure many did.

It just wasn’t talked about so much.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to discuss in the next few blogs, seven different considerations with regards to our mental health that you might benefit from hearing.

Today and the next six days.

Partly to give it all a bit of time to ‘sink in’ rather than just ramming it all into one massive blog.

And, I’ll be honest, partly because I’m away for a few days at the end of this week and need to get ahead on my blogs.

Before I start, I’d like to make it crystal clear that I appreciate that mental health can be a very complicated thing.

That there can be a genetics / brain chemistry element.

And that, as I mentioned in last week’s blog, all of this is “easier said than done”.

But that doesn’t also mean that some combination of these considerations probably wouldn’t be beneficial in a pretty high proportion of situations.

And I’ll start with the one you might expect from a FirPro.


I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered someone who wasn’t exercising and who’s mood and mental health wasn’t where they’d like it to be……….

Who started exercising regularly……..

And didn’t feel at least a reasonable amount better.

A phrase I love is the title to this blog.

“Mental health needs physical support”

And a shift from seeing exercise as “punishment for what we’ve eaten” or “something we have to do so we look better on a beach in six months” to……….

“Something that helps me feel better and be in a better mood right now”………

Can be a game changer!

Much love,

Jon ‘It’sa timea toa changea thea gamea’ Hall

P.S. Really want to change the game in February (and have realised that doing the same old in January led to the same old results)? That’ll happen on our programme —>


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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.