Rochdale News | News Headlines | Sweaty Dada fitness class raises £200 for men’s mental health charity Andy’s Man Club

Date revealed: 23 July 2022

A particular exercise class for dads and their little ones has raised over £200 for males’s psychological well being charity Andy’s Man Club.

Hosted by Jen Smith, who runs the native Rochdale and Todmorden Sweaty Mama pre- and post-natal train courses, the particular ‘Sweaty Dada’ class befell at Littleborough Boxing Club on 16 July.

Fitness teacher Jen mentioned the dads’ occasion was held to rejoice six months of enterprise and as they “don’t typically get likelihood to return alongside to courses with their little ones attributable to returning to work so quickly after their start.”

The former registered psychological well being nurse mentioned: “Before Sweaty Mama, I spent 10 years working as a registered psychological well being nurse and maternal psychological well being is one thing that’s actually vital to me. Alongside demonstrating the advantages of train, I commonly advocate the have to be round individuals who perceive what it’s prefer to be a brand new mum and am additionally readily available to lend a listening ear when wanted.

“However paternal psychological well being is vital too and is one thing that isn’t talked about as typically: one in three new dads are nervous or involved about their very own psychological well being, and three in 4 dads are nervous or involved about their accomplice’s psychological well being.

“With dads typically going again to work shortly after the start of their child, this could make it troublesome to entry the assist techniques which are extra out there to their companions and may result in elevated emotions of isolation.”

Jen continued: “Unfortunately I needed to rearrange the date of the occasion final minute which meant a variety of the dads weren’t in a position to be a part of us, however we had a famous person trio who got here alongside and introduced a great deal of enthusiasm. 

“The exercise could be tailor-made to swimsuit any degree of health and we contain the infants all through the category. Little ones of any age are welcome – from six weeks up till they begin in school. 

“The dads realised that having a child strapped to your chest actually does intensify your exercise.”

Andy’s Man Club is a males’s psychological well being charity that helps, empowers, and offers males the chance to speak about issues which are affecting their psychological well being and wellbeing. The periods are free to attend, and actually work to problem the stigma round males’s psychological well being. The membership began out in Halifax and it’s since grown right into a nationwide enterprise.

There are two golf equipment in Rochdale: Mayfield Sports Centre and the Our Spot Community Hub on the Crown Oil Arena.

Andy’s Man Club runs each Monday from 7-9pm each Monday (besides Bank Holidays) and is open to any male aged 18+.

If you wish to attend Andy’s Man Club, please e mail [email protected] or message the Facebook page.

Donations can be made via the Sweaty Dada JustGiving page.

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