Mental health

07 FebWhat are the benefits of Exercise for Mental Health?

Movement for the Mind – What are the benefits of Exercise for Mental Health?

We know the benefits of exercise for our physical health, but how often do we also consider our mental health? The two are actually quite closely interlinked; for example, diabetes and moderate to severe depression co-exist in between 22-35% of Australians.

Physical activity and exercise can actually play an integral role in the management of mental health conditions such as depression. Not only has it been shown to lessen symptoms, but it is considered as effective as psychological or pharmaceutical therapies for some individuals! Potentially even more importantly, these are well established strategies for weight management, improving diabetes control and reducing the impact of cardiovascular disease that often occurs alongside mental illness, including depression.

For more information… http://exerciseismedicine.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2014-Depression-FULL.pdf

Don’t know where to start? One of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists can help you to develop some realistic goals, establish a routine, and support you on your health journey.

Tamika Hassum – Exercise Physiologist