Exercise & Mental Health
It is the sad reality that each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness,
yet there is still a poor understanding and acceptance of mental illness. Due to this, it
often goes undiagnosed and either untreated or poorly treated.
People living with a mental illness die much earlier than the rest of the population,
mostly due to preventable cardiovascular disease. Dying 15 to 20 years earlier
means that life expectancy for people with mental illness is similar to that seen in
the population at large in the 1950s.
Mental illness can have an impact on a person’s cognitive, behavioural and social
functioning. Those with a mental illness often struggle to engage in their regular
work, social and physical activities to the full extent which further impacts the illness
as social isolation then often occurs.
Mental illness includes a range of conditions including affective, anxiety, psychotic,
personality, and substance related disorders. General Practitioners (GPs), alongside
Psychologists and Psychiatrists, form part of a multidisciplinary care team aimed at
improving the long-term mental health and well-being of patients.
There is mounting evidence that suggests exercise is an effective component
of treatment for people living with acute and chronic mental illness. With
exercise making a big difference in mood and promoting a positive mental
health, whilst also helping to reduce the symptoms of mental illness, there
is a significant need for exercise to be a fundamental part of mental health
It’s important to remember that it’s not about what type of exercise is the
best kind, it’s about what works for the individual, and that doing something
is better than doing nothing at all. Even one workout a week is known to have
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