change can be hard, but it doesn’t need to be.

Here at Mensana Movement, we support you in making changes for good by using evidence-based and innovative methods, from developing motivation and mindset, to confidence and problem-solving.

We provide you the tools and support that allow you to succeed on your terms. We also aim to make it enjoyable along the way!

Over 50% of people who start living healthily will fall back into their old ways within a few months.

If you have ever struggled to stick with health and wellness commitments, like joining a gym or starting a diet, you are not alone.

Every day, people join gyms or employ personal trainers to improve their health, lose weight, or to increase their fitness. This goes well for a couple of days, weeks, or even months. But then, something happens. Time is suddenly in short supply as work or home life gets busy, healthy routines start to slide. Essentially, life gets in the way.

The Mensana Movement was born out of personal struggles in sticking to a healthy lifestyle, and was honed by years of research and hands-on work with people in changing their behaviours.


About the founder: Matt Jenkins, PhD

I empathise with the struggle to lead a healthy lifestyle. My own experiences of being inconsistently healthy inspired me to research behaviour change and get a doctorate in exercise psychology. Ultimately, this motivated me to create the Mensana Movement, to help and support others on this journey.

Understanding, empathy, and compassion are central to what I do. We all face challenges in staying healthy. By collaborating with clients and encouraging them to find solutions that work for them, I have seen many people develop long-lasting motivation for healthy lifestyles. Everyone is different, and therefore no two approaches are the same.

I've worked as a personal trainer and behaviour change coach for close to a decade. I am a reflective practitioner - over the course of years of my work I have studied peoples’ habits, motivations, and behavioural patterns (including my own), and have developed an understanding of what helps people stick to healthy lifestyles.

“Thanks for the opportunity to explore mindfulness. You helped kick start my life again for me, I am a better person for it.”
- Hayley, Mensana Movement participant
“Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity to be part of your programme. I feel that I have gained so much from participating! I would like to thank you sincerely for everything that you have done for me and all of the wonderful skills that you have taught me. It has been a real pleasure meeting you and learning from you.”
- Tania, Mensana Movement participant



On New Zealand National Radio with Jesse Mulligan.

As a guest on the Science Notes podcast describing why Motivation Matters.

A special guest talk at Australian Catholic University, Sydney.