Parkour Brings Mental Health
We’ve known for years of the positive mental health benefits of training in parkour, understanding it connects practitioners to their environment, gives them a strong and inclusive community to be part of, and most of all presents an incredible and ongoing path of self-development and focus.
Listen to the experience of journalist Alice McGurran of Welldoing.org at our recent Rendezvous Parkour Gathering event in London and you’ll understand a little more about why we believe this to be so:
‘I recently threw myself in at the deep end, joining dozens of freerunners from across the world at Parkour Generations’ 11th Rendezvous Weekend.
While the benefits of exercise to your mental health have long been understood, it struck me that parkour – which is the non-competitive discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only your body, principally through running, jumping and climbing – could be an effective and exciting way to protect mental and emotional wellbeing. Here’s why…’
Our OVERCOME initiative focuses on utilising the philosophy and movement practise of parkour to achieve well-being for those with physical and mental health issues, disadvantaged young people, the aged and more. Keep an eye out for some forthcoming major announcements around OVERCOME.