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Did you know that inactive men are 60% more likely to experience depression as compared to men who are regularly active? (Source Men’s Health Week website)

 

The link between physical and mental fitness

 

How can regular physical activity boost mental fitness?

 

  • Exercise increases the flow of oxygen to the brain
  • More exercise also means the release of more endorphins, our natural “feel good” chemicals, into our bloodstream
  • Physical activity can also help to alleviate the symptoms of stress

 

Finding the time to get active

 

All of us face multiple, competing demands on our time and this can make it challenging to find the time to exercise and take better care of our mental fitness.

 

Here are some quick tips on squeezing time to exercise into your busy day:

 

  • Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual so that you can wake up half an hour earlier. Making time to exercise early means you can get active without interruption. Getting up earlier can be a challenge, but the benefits will more than make up for the blaring sound of your alarm going off at 6:00 am
  • Use the ad breaks in your favourite TV show wisely: instead of sitting on the couch during the ads, spend this time to do some quick push ups or sit ups. In a one hour show, you could fit in almost 20 minutes of exercise!
  • Unwind and exercise before bed by stretching, doing yoga or using exercise bands. Remember to focus on calming exercise, so avoid running or other vigorous activity
  • Don’t be a spectator at your kids’ weekend sports; instead of sitting on the bench or in the grandstand, do some stretching, jog on the spot or lift some weights while watching their game
  • Walking has many health benefits, so make sure a lunchtime walk is a key part of your work routine. Your body and mind will benefit from a brisk 20 - 30 minute walk around the block and you will get back to your desk refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day
  • Make the most of your weekend. You can reach the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week by doing 2 hours on the weekend and just 30 minutes through the rest of the week

 

Converge International is here to support your mental and physical fitness. You can get advice on nutrition and fitness by calling 1300 OUR EAP (1300 687 327) and speaking with one of our expert counsellors. 

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