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Smash stereotypes and speak up this Men’s Health Week

June 12 – 18 marks ‘Men’s Health Week’ – a week for communities across Australia to promote the benefits of a healthy body and healthy mind in men and boys – and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is encouraging all Australian men to speak up and put their health first. 

“Masculinity, by definition, includes strength and toughness, and we know that males, especially in Western societies, are less inclined to seek health advice as it may be deemed as a threat to their masculinity. With terms like ‘man-up’ and ‘man-flu’ being commonly used, it is understandable that Australian men may feel like they aren’t taken seriously when they say they don’t feel quite right,” says ESSA Chief Executive Office, Anita Hobson-Powell. 

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Alex Lawrence, explains that, the fact is, Australian men are more likely to be at risk of serious health problems than Australian women. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics state that the standardised death rate of males was 50% higher than for women, with the leading underlying cause of death for Australian males being heart disease. 

“Men don’t tend to consider, or at least consider out loud, any health concerns that they may have until later in life. In comparison to women, men visit health professionals less frequently, and usually only make an appointment once their illness is in its later stages.” 

Men’s Health Week focuses on their campaign slogan, ‘Healthy Body – Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance’, exploring the difficulties men and boys face when it comes to managing their physical and mental health in a busy and challenging world. 

With family and work life becoming more demanding and the perceived pressure from society of maintaining masculinity, exercise can drop low on the list of priorities. As per the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare statistics, only two in five men are getting enough exercise. 

“An active lifestyle is the most powerful way for a man to remain healthy, so that everything they have worked hard for can be enjoyed for longer. We know that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce and manage many chronic conditions, and improve mental health, and that’s what makes it so vital for a healthy body and a healthy mind,” says Mr. Lawrence. 

There are a range of health professionals available in Australia that men and boys can speak to about keeping their body and mind healthy. If you’re needing a hand with maintaining an active lifestyle, speak with an Accredited Exercise Scientist, or Accredited Exercise Physiologist, on how to get started with an exercise plan.

 

Tips to keeping on top of your health:

  • Make an annual appointment with your GP to discuss your health, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
  • Monitor your diet and alcohol intake.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough exercise daily – 30 minutes a day is recommended.
  • Speak up, stay connected with your family and love ones and encourage the other men and boys in your life to do the same.

 

You can find your local Accredited Exercise Scientist or Accredited Exercise Physiologist here

For more information:
Natalie Simpson
ESSA Marketing and Communications Coordinator
P : 07 3171 3335
E : natalie.simpson@essa.org.au 

About Exercise Right

Exercise Right is the public awareness vehicle of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Exercise Right aims to inspire and educate all Australians to be healthier and more active. Exercise Right is expertly compiled by professionals and thought leaders in the field, making it a trusted source of information amongst consumers. www.exerciseright.com.au

About Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and its members

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the peak professional body for exercise and sports science in Australia, ESSA provides national leadership and advocacy on key issues and supports its members and the community through fostering excellence in professional practice, education and training, and research. www.essa.org.au