Exercise & Men's Health
As we celebrate ESSA’s 30 year anniversary, we will be looking at the different health areas of the exercise and sports science industry that have significantly grown over the last decade or two. This includes our ESSA accredited professionals who have been supporting the health of Australian men.
Exercise plays a vital role in keeping Australian blokes healthier, happier and alive for longer. Unfortunately, only 17% of men are both sufficiently active and meeting the muscle strengthening guidelines. We know that men experience a range of health conditions and symptoms differently to women, whether it be severe depression and anxiety, prostate and testicular cancer, or increased risk of a heart attack or diabetes. The other side of the coin is that we know that men can struggle to ask for help, especially when it comes to their health.
ESSA is proud of our accredited exercise professionals who are driven by passion and dedication in creating happier, healthier Aussie men.
Exercise makes a real difference to men’s mental health
The Australian culture of toughness and stoicism surrounding men speaking up about their feelings needs to change. Boys and men of all ages need to feel comfortable about speaking to someone when they are not feeling 100% so that the issues can be unpacked before it becomes a greater issue.
Exercise has been shown to be another helpful tool in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression, in addition to other mental health conditions.
Exercise interventions also have lasting effects on those living with these conditions with research demonstrating that patients with symptoms of depression, on follow-up after an exercise intervention, showed long-term improvements in their mental health.
Exercise can also be used as a great tool to start those tough but important conversations with your mates about their mental health and how they’re doing. Whether it’s a kick of the football, a game of cricket in the park, a hike or an afternoon run, exercise and sport can give you a chance to have a chat in a relaxed environment.