Exercise and Mental Health

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13:43 PM

The growing distance from Movember doesn't make anxiety and depression any less of an issue. It's something experienced by both men and women. While it wasn't discussed in the past; we have worked hard to removed the associated stigma.

If you are experiencing anxiety and/or depression or just wonder if you might be, I encourage you to reach out for help. Part of your management should involve your GP. Part of your management plan should involve exercise.

Exercise is important. The endorphins (or happy hormones) from exercise give your mood a boost. The most benefit is from exercise with an aerobic component - you should be breathing more deeply and your heart rate should be elevated. Make exercise part of your daily routine, with something as simple as a daily walk. A break of up to two weeks is enough for signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression begin to increase.

There is an added effect if you participate in a team sport with a sense of belonging to a community and working towards a common goal.

If you need any help with exercise advice or if you think an injury will stop you participating, speak to your physiotherapist.