Exercise is the key to unlocking physical, mental and emotional health in Australian men.
This blog is for all you men out there, many of whom do not live in physically, mentally or emotionally healthy environments in these challenging times.
It’s an issue that is addressed in this year’s Men’s Health Week theme, Building Healthy Environments for Men and Boys, which shines a spotlight on creating physically, mentally and emotionally healthy environments for our male population.
It’s a much-needed discussion to have as a society. But there’s one thing men can start doing today that will go a long way to creating those positive physical and mentally healthy environments, or provide the confidence to instigate further positive change in emotionally unhealthy environments – and that’s to get yourself moving.
Why exercise is so important for men
I know, I know, we sound a little like a broken record when it comes to spouting the benefits of exercise. But if there’s one thing that science has proven without a doubt, it’s that we need 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise
, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, every week to stay healthy in body, mind and soul.
This is especially important for men, who are more likely to get sick from serious health problems than Australian women, die in greater numbers from almost every non-sex-specific health problem, and visit the doctor less frequently.
In fact, many of the leading causes of premature death in men (think heart disease, dementia, diabetes and many cancers) can be prevented with a consistent exercise routine.
We’re here to kit you up with the motivational tools to exercise
Given that a lack of motivation is a common excuse given by Australian men who aren’t exercising, we’re here to provide you with the motivational tools to overcome some of the common things we hear patients say are barriers to exercise, such as:
My poor health/injury prevents exercise:
Here at Agility Rehabilitation, we specialise in working with people just like yourself, helping overcome challenges such as injury, chronic health conditions, and poor mental health to instead benefit from the myriad positive effects of weekly exercise. Why not reach out to us today, it’s what we thrive on doing best.
I’m too busy:
When it comes to health and fitness, small habitual changes are better than none at all. Start with small, quick, manageable ways to sneak some exercise into your day. For instance, you can set a goal to do 10 sit-ups and 10-push-ups every day; to go for a 10-minute run, or jump on the stationary bike for 10 minutes. Once you’ve managed this for a week, increase your goals.
At Agility Rehabilitation, we’re here to help you on your way
If you’re still experiencing a lack of motivation, perhaps due to poor mental health, or are concerned that you don’t know how to start an exercise regime safely, we recommend a visit to your GP for a referral to see us (private patients will not need a referral).
We’re primed and ready to help you on your journey … and will keep you motivated throughout your journey. Our Exercise Physiologists are experts in the field of movement – and can prescribe a tailored exercise program that works around you mental health and any existing physical health conditions, such as injuries, chronic health conditions, or medications.
For more information on how we can help, please give Agility Rehabilitation a call on (08) 6162 8145, or get in touch here