Through support, guidance and programme design that draws on your unique circumstances
A one-size-fits-all "Couch to 5k" programme this is not
We will assess your current fitness level, help you with goal setting around your mental health and well-being as well as fitness and running.
We will teach you to reflect on your running, lifestyle, relationships and overall well-being in order to keep you running and living as healthfully as you can.
With our support you can avoid the vicious cycle that so many runners face: the “I’m feeling too down to run” trap.
The scientific literature surrounding the treatment of mental health issues consistently reveals exercise to be an effective form of treatment. Our programme draws on the latest research to help educate you about the most effective ways to manage your mental health using running as a tool.
Our programme is focused on you, the unique individual with all your strengths, talents, obstacles and commitments, we can work with all levels of fitness and running experience.
Anyone (and we really mean anyone) can enjoy the mental and physical benefits of running.
For the absolute novice we begin with walking and then progress to run/walking or fast paced moderate intensity walking if that is what suits your needs best.
If you’re already a regular runner we will target your training around your goals, be it 5k, marathon or something beyond! But our real focus is on your mental health and well-being and making sure your programme fits with your health goals.
Initial Skype Consulation (up to 90mins)
3 x 4 Weekly customised training programme
Skype review after every 4 week block to check you are on track
Unlimited email and text message support
Access to the Run 2 Wellbeing closed Facebook support group
I haven’t been diagnosed with a mental illness. Is this programme still suitable for me?
Absolutely! Our programme utilises the well known benefits of running and increased physical activity to promote mental health and general well-being. It is suitable for anyone who would like to use running as a tool to improve their overall quality and enjoyment of life.
I have been diagnosed with a mental illness and I’m under the care of health professionals. Is this programme still suitable for me?
Absolutely! Exercise has consistently been found to be an effective means of managing mental health. In fact, health professionals may have even mentioned this to you at some stage. Run 2 Well-being is not designed to take the place of your current health provider, rather we hope to give you some additional tools while you still access the care and expertise of your current healthcare providers.
I have experienced mental health episodes in the past and I use running as a tool to maintain my mental health and well-being. What can your programme offer me?
As a social worker and a runner, I have seen first-hand the negative feedback loop that occurs all too often amongst runners struggling to maintain their mental health and well-being. The “too down to run, not running so feeling down” trap. We can help you out with programme design, support, guidance and accountability to make sure that your running remains a useful tool rather than a source of additional stress or something that gets forgotten in tough times.
Why do I need your programme, can’t I just lace up and go for a run?
Sure you can! Our programme is a tool designed to help you maximise the benefits of running for your mental health and wellbeing. In order to do so, we combine the latest mental health research, running programme design, education, support and accountability. Research has shown that exercise has the greatest impact as a treatment for depression and anxiety when it is supported by health professionals rather than self directed.
How long will I need the Run 2 Well-being programme for?
Our programme is 12 weeks in duration after which time you may have acquired the confidence, knowledge and experience to continue to use your running as an effective wellbeing tool. Some clients like to come back to us periodically for a “tune up” so to speak, or during those times when maintaining their mental health and wellbeing is not so easy. Others enjoy the benefits of year round coaching, support and accountability. There is no right or wrong way!
Nicole Sattler, Running coach, BSW, MSW and avid runner
Nicole graduated from The University of Newcastle, Australia with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2007. Since then Nicole has worked in various counselling roles, largely with people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, as well as working extensively with survivors of trauma. In 2014 Nicole obtained a Masters of Social Work postgraduate degree from Monash University.
Nicole has been an enthusiastic and passionate runner for over 13 years. In that time she has completed too many half marathons to count, 7 marathons and 4 ultra marathons. One day she would love to run the length of Aotearoa New Zealand. Nicole is an accredited running coach and loves to share her passion for the sport with her clients.
Nicole lives in sunny Hawke’s Bay, NZ with her husband and business partner, Mark (also an avid runner!) and three wonderful children.
I'd would love to hear from you and discuss how Run 2 Wellbeing can make you feel the best you've ever felt!