Heading into the great outdoors, whether on foot or on my mountain bike, never fails to release huge mental health benefits and significant physical payoffs. It really boosts my sense of wellbeing. Over the past 30 years I have walked and cycled many miles and set myself lots of personal challenges to test and build my physical and mental grit. Highlights include riding the South Downs Way in a day and riding from Land’s End to John O Groats off‐road. Multi-day hikes on Dartmoor, the Lake District, North Wales and in South Africa also come to mind.
Having attained the British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Award (Level 2) and Remote Outdoor First Aid qualification, I am ready and excited to launch my new Lifestorm venture Mind the Grit ‐ bringing counselling, walking and mountain biking together to help people boost their own mental health.
Mind the Grit gives you the freedom to have fun outdoors on foot or on your bike with the opportunity to talk to your counsellor about any personal challenges you may be facing.
Walking sessions last an hour and mountain biking sessions last a minimum of 90 minutes. Each session costs £40, with a 30% discount for your first walk or ride. My routes will be focussed on you, tailored to your fitness level, your walking or cycling experience and your time constraints.
In preparation for working this way we will have an initial conversation online/by telephone about the things you would like to focus on. I also provide access to an online personality profile questionnaire that will assist us in our conversations.
I typically work within a radius of 15 miles of Baughurst, Hampshire, but if you are further afield don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Mind the Grit walks and rides can start weekdays anytime between 9.15am and 3pm, and on weekends too. Start points will depend on whether you can transport yourself to the destination. Either we leave from your front door for local routes or we arrange to meet elsewhere. We walk or ride in all but the worst weather conditions (horizontal rain or lying snow and ice).
If you choose to walk then you will need to have suitable outdoor footwear and clothing. If you are cycling then you will need to have a roadworthy mountain bike, an undamaged cycling helmet less than five years old and riding attire suited to weather conditions.
Depending on your circumstances you may need to check with your GP before undertaking exercise.
Join me as we head outdoors to build courage and determination! Get in touch today to find out more about Mind the Grit, or to book your first session.