Meet Richard Naylor Jones from Chelmsford Karate
“I have been doing Karate for 34 years and teach at Chelmsford Karate Club – a Club that teaches all ages and abilities from Beginners to World Champions.
I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – also known as Myalgic Encephalitis (ME) in 2011. The medical professionals recommended that I follow a programme of exercise and emphasised the need for activities that reduced stress alongside social activity.
Being active and doing karate gives me purpose, routine and structure to my daily life. When I am training in Karate, I focus 100% on the execution of the techniques and exercises set. This helps me to park my mental health problems and to take time out from the stresses of daily life. In turn it helps my concentration and memory, and I come out of class feeling more relaxed in both body and mind.
Getting back into Karate was the best thing I did for my physical and mental health. I am an Essex All Together Ambassador and champion disability and inclusive sport across Essex. If you’re thinking of getting active there are lots of sports and activities, you can do. The hardest thing is making the decision to get active and then actually getting started. Be brave, there are plenty of good clubs and coaches that will support you to get an active lifestyle. You’ll be glad you did.”
Richard was a great supporter of last year’s pilot scheme and you may remember him for the videos he uploaded. He had some great ideas on how to introduce physical activity into your everyday life – anything from doing the plank in between your weeding, or perhaps some lunges whilst mowing the grass – that’s our personal favourite!