A KILTED health duo reckon train is significant to enhancing psychological well being — not simply preserving us in form bodily.
Stephen Clarke and Rab Shields made a reputation for themselves by donning Scotland’s conventional gown in cheeky health movies watched by tens of millions on Fb and YouTube.
The Perth-based private coaching duo, often known as The Kilted Coaches, are additionally backing The Scottish Solar’s Thoughts The Future marketing campaign, which goals to deal with the nation’s spiralling childhood
psychological well being disaster with three key goals.
And they’re adamant that understanding can profit the minds of youngsters and adults alike, with one in all their purchasers even coming off anti-depressants after coaching with them.
Stephen, 36, says: “One of many essential issues with the health trade and the social media side of it’s that individuals are delay as a result of it seems unachievable.
“It seems like it’s important to drink kale smoothes on a regular basis, prepare seven days every week, elevate heavy weights and run marathons.
“However one thing so simple as strolling extra or mild jogging can have optimistic results on happiness and emotions of positivity and well-being.
He provides: “Now we have discovered that one of the best ways to succeed in individuals is to make them snicker and smile with none threatening messages.
“If we are able to simply make a video that makes somebody smile after which their mind opens as much as the potential of making extra optimistic change, that’s adequate for us.
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“Our message is that something is best than nothing. It doesn’t matter the place you might be ranging from so long as you’re doing a few steps past what you usually do.
“If we are able to encourage somebody to say health isn’t as scary as they thought it was, I’d say we’ve completed a fairly good job.”
As Scotland’s most-famous health duo, The Kilted Coaches movie their movies shirtless and within the nice open air.
Whereas they comprehend it’s an unsual methodology, they reckon it’s helped them attain tens of millions of individuals they might have in any other case missed.
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Rab, 35, says: “Now we have been mates since we had been 13 years outdated however got here collectively in 2015 with the message of well being and happiness slightly than well being and health. Our branding initially was
horrible, we had been attempting to be intelligent with advertising and marketing, didn’t have the kilts on and had been attempting to be the health guys with a softer message than most.
“If you wish to be identified globally there’s no method getting away from our Scottish accent and one in all our essential messages is to be your self.
“Being the Scottish health guys, we put our kilts on and do issues in and round Scotland so once they consider Scotland they consider us.”
However they’re additionally eager to advertise opening up about psychological well being.
The duo have already made a number of movies describing their very own battles.
Stephen admits: “I’ve suffered with anxiousness prior to now. These movies had been actually well-received and I like the actual fact we are able to affiliate with it, we’ll do something we are able to to assist that.
“For everybody who has been outspoken about their psychological well being, there are in all probability 1,000 others preserving it bottled up and never speaking about it.
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“It’s about normalising it.
“We work with a friend of ours who is a doctor of psychology and, through conversations, we realised feeling anxious is a normal emotion, it’s nothing you should be ashamed of.
“Even feeling depressed for a while is normal — it’s only when it stays with you and is not dealt with that it can be a problem.”
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