To coincide with World Mental Health Day 2020, ASICS is sharing inspiring stories from people who have discovered the benefits of sport and movement on their mental wellbeing. ‘In My Shoes’ is a collection of audio stories designed to be listened to on the move, so people can literally experience what it’s like to put themselves in the shoes of the storyteller.
The stories offer diverse perspectives about how movement can support improved mental wellbeing and aim to inspire others to help them achieve a sound mind in a sound body.
One storyteller talks about how years of pressure to be perfect led to stress and burnout before running helped her to find the balance she needed, while another describes how after years of chronic pain and over 40 operations, running helped him to feel free.
One of the storytellers, Bernadette Dancy, said about In My Shoes, “Running has always been a part of my life, but when faced with an intense period of life stress which led to burnout, I learnt how to use it in a different way so as to manage stress and not add to it. I hope that anyone who listens to my or any of the other stories will be inspired to move and can benefit from it in the same way I do”.
Gary Raucher, ASICS’ Executive Vice President Categories comments,
At ASICS we’ve always known the positive impact movement can have on the mind. It’s why we’re called ASICS. It’s an acronym from the Latin phrase Anima Sana In Corpore Sano or a Sound Mind in a Sound Body. So, this World Mental Health Day, we wanted to share the stories of people who have discovered the mental benefits of movement as a source of inspiration to others. Thank you to all those who shared their ‘In My Shoes’ stories.
On behalf of all those who shared their stories, ASICS will make a donation to UK mental health charity Mind to support more people to move and feel better.
To listen to the ‘In My Shoes’ audio stories,
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