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Posted at 07:00h in Mental Health
We all have mental health, and we all know how much it matters. Some days we feel like we’re pro surfers on the wave that is life. Other days, it feels like we get dumped by the exact same wave and eat sand. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his/her community”.
When you’re in a state of good mental health you are able to maintain a sense of calm, control and well-being, despite the ups and downs that the week throws at you. It’s this mental resilience that gets worn away when we don’t engage in activities to maintain our good state of mental health and well-being.
An important part of having good mental health is knowing that your mental health isn’t always good. It is normal to experience transient fluctuations in emotions and feelings in response a situation. It’s also normal to experience both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ moods.
It’s when we experience these bad moods for prolonged periods that a mental health condition may be diagnosed.
Different types of exercise may illicit different responses, both physically and mentally. While no one type is better than the other, it is important to have a balanced exercise diet! Doing a mix of resistance training and and aerobic training is always recommended. Remember, the best type of exercise is the one you actually enjoy doing!
A recent study suggests that exercising for 30-60 minutes, 3-5 times per week is associated with better mental health. Activities such as team sports, cycling, aerobic exercise and gym have the highest associations with good mental health.
Resistance training (aka strength training) has shown to have a significant impact on reducing depressive symptoms when done for bouts of 45 minutes or less. This is particularly true when supervised by an exercise professional (like an Accredited Exercise Physiologist).
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Deb has a strong sporting background, having played in high level cricket, and more recently football (soccer), which has helped her in her experience with sports specific training and rehabilitation.
In her spare time, you might see Deb running ParkRun (usually at Galston, in the beautiful Fagan Park) or organising the morning run as a run director for the course. Deb also continues to play football on the weekends, and once the season is over, will take up trail running, bushwalking with her extremely active kids and husband.
Alex has vast experience treating war veterans and providing safe and effective exercise to people with a wide range of needs and physical abilities.
He has a particular interest in strength and conditioning, Improving the health of people with chronic disease and pain, as well as treating lower back pain and improving core strength.
Before becoming an Exercise Physiologist, Alex worked in retail pharmacy, where he expanded his knowledge of medications and over-the-counter supplements.
During his time off, Alex is often still at the gym lifting weights, or navigating one of Sydney’s mountain bike trails.