Therapeutic Fitness, The Cunard Building

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Last Night the Telly Saved My Life

This week’s posting is an unapologetic affirmation of the healing power of the telly. Interesting isn’t it that our new TV behaviour is called ‘binge - watching’, language that still carries an assumption that TV watching is addictive, harmful and out of control? I get irritated with the chat that says that too much telly, or too much of the wrong kind of telly is bad for us. I object to the classed (at least in the UK) and moral high ‘horsery’ of those who believe that we would be better served by ‘reading a good book’ or ‘going for a walk’. Well who says? I’m not onto something new here. The idea that film and TV can be therapeutic is supported by a lot of theory and a lot of evidence.

Are you emotionally fit?

Few of us, if asked the question, would say that we didn’t want to be fitter. What this means will differ from person to person, depending on where you are starting from, but there is a consensus that better fitness is a good thing and that it means more than just physical fitness. Fitness and wellbeing are connected, and a healthy body and mind relationship sits at the heart of a conception of modern health. Emotional wellbeing is a welcome by-product of improving physical fitness. As we improve our physical health and look better, we begin to feel better, or that is the hope at least. It all makes instinctive good sense. Even if we don’t know the theory behind it, we experience oursel