Fitness First: Empowering Minds through Exercise

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Fitness First is emphasizing the crucial link between physical fitness and mental well-being.

Leading this initiative is Ivana Sargic, Head of Fitness at Fitness First and an expert in health and wellness.

"Mental health is as essential as physical fitness," states Ivana Sargic. "At Fitness First, we advocate for three core pillars for our members’ overall well-being:

 movement, rest, and healthy eating. These pillars serve as natural mood enhancers, crucial for both mental and physical health.

We recommend incorporating these elements into your daily life for the best results."


Regular physical activity is a powerful way to lower stress, boost your mood, and enhance sleep quality.

Engaging in exercise releases serotonin and dopamine, which are directly linked to improved mood and feelings of happiness.

Additionally, it provides an excellent opportunity to connect with others, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

At Fitness First, our mission is to build a community within each club through a wide range of classes and activities that our members can enjoy.


Quality sleep is vital for both mental and physical health. Adequate rest helps regulate mood and supports cognitive function.

Fitness First underscores the importance of sleep hygiene and offers tips on improving sleep patterns through consistent physical activity.

Healthy Eating

Proper nutrition is essential for overall well-being.

Consuming nutrient-rich foods nourishes both the body and mind, supporting mental health. Fitness First provides education on healthy eating habits to promote well-being.

Fitness First is committed to promoting mental health not just among its members but also within its team.

"We are actively engaged in leading workshops and activities on mindfulness, well-being, and self-care for our staff," says Sargic.

"Our team of Mental Health First Aiders receive ongoing training to better support our staff and members."

During Mental Health Awareness Month, Fitness First is hosting various activities centered on mental health and well-being.

However, the gym emphasizes that these efforts are part of its year-round commitment to mental health.

"Our primary focus is preventing individuals from needing medical treatment," says Sargic.

"Exercise not only reduces stress and improves mood but also boosts self-worth and enhances cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain."

Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves mood

  • Increases self-worth and self-esteem

  • Enhances cognitive function and brain health

  • Boosts overall energy and improves sleep quality

  • Facilitates social interactions and emotional support

"Fitness First is dedicated to improving mental health through exercise," says Sargic. "We believe that everyone deserves to feel their best, both mentally and physically."

Source: ladyleadmag

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