Healthy men do exercise

By Sarah Mengel l Accredited Exercise Physiologist
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There has been a lot of focus on Women’s Health and Rights on the news and social media. Today, however, we at MET Phys, would like to take this opportunity to touch on Men’s Health. It is our belief that everyone is equal and everyone’s health is just as important. This week is National Men’s Health Week.

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Health, as many people believe, only refers to their physical health. This perception is incorrect. According to the World Health Organisation, health is defined as “A status of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being, and not merely the absence of disease” (WHO, 2017). Thus, as a society, we need to change our perception of health.

Typically, society has had the perception that males require to be strong, independent and not have to talk about “touchy feely” things. These days, that is definitely not the case. The Black Dog Institute in Australia reports that in 2017, 75% of suicides were committed by males. Quite frankly, this is an alarming rate and one that requires attention.

Exercise Physiologists around the country work alongside those suffering from mental issues. Some may be puzzled as to how exercise can help. The cool thing is that during exercise, the body produces hormones that we like to call happy hormones. Thus effectively, exercise can help someone feel better. As Exercise Physiologists, we recommend 20-30 minutes of moderate vigorous activity/exercise most, if not all, days of the week. As an example, boxing sessions, walking the dogs or even group exercise classes.

If you are suffering from mental health conditions or just not feeling like yourself, we encourage you to speak out and discuss your situation with someone; whether it be a friend, family member, a hotline or a mental health professional. Mental Health  is nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it an insignificant factor to your overall health

If you would like to know how your local Exercise Physiologists could help you with mental health, give us a call on 0438 014 747.