Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

ESSA highlights the importance of movement this Men’s Health Week

ESSA highlights the importance of movement this Men’s Health Week
June 11, 2019

With the theme for 2019 Men's Health Week in Australia (Monday 10th - Sunday 16th June)) being 'Keeping Boys And Men Healthy', Exercise Right, a public awareness campaign created by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is highlighting the vital role that movement plays in keeping Australian men healthy.

The lifestyles men lead can influence how healthy they are in the short and long term. 70% of a man’s overall health is controlled by his lifestyle choices, as opposed to genetics. Men have a lower life expectancy than women, with Australian men expected to live 79 years on average, compared to 84 years for women.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Daniel Berkelmans explains “regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce the risk of many chronic conditions and injuries.

“A high level of cardiorespiratory fitness is one of the best predictors of overall health and well-being.”

Despite the benefits, less than half of men aged 18–64 are sufficiently active, and this drops to one in four for men aged over 65. In addition, seven in 10 Australian males are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

But it isn’t just physical health that benefits from regular exercise. Regular movement is vital for maintaining positive mental health, which is especially important in men. Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women, making up an average of six out of every eight suicides every single day, and the number of men who die by suicide in Australia is nearly double the national road toll.

On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. However, it’s not all bad news with research repeatedly showing that exercise is an incredibly powerful tool for the prevention and management of mental health conditions.

Berkelmans adds “being physically active has a positive impact on mood, helps to manage stress and anxiety, and can help to reduce your risk of mental illnesses like depression. In fact, inactive men are 60% more likely to experience depression than those who are active.

“Even a small dose of exercise can have a big impact on your mental health. In fact, research shows that just one hour a week can help to prevent depression. Remember; something is better than nothing!”

This Men’s Health Week, Exercise Right is urging Australian men to start prioritising their health and to find time to move. 

Visit the Exercise Right website to learn more about the benefits of exercise.

Related Articles

29th May 2019 - ESSA launches Reconciliation Action Plan during National Reconciliation Week

10th May 2019 - ESSA focuses on Active Ageing during Exercise Right Week 2019

21st March 2019 - ESSA highlights the role of physical activity in closing the health gap for Indigenous populations

12th June 2018 - Health and wellbeing of FIFO workers not overlooked during Men’s Health Week

3rd September 2017 - Female health concerns released in advance of national Women’s Health Week

6th August 2017 - More than 40,000 women prepare to be part of Women’s Health Week

12th June 2012 - Men’s Health Week aims to stop continued early deaths


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 

Vivaticket

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as Vivaticket Pty Ltd.  Vivaticket is the ideal strategic partner for the organisation and management of your…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Humanforce

Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Technology / Venues

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

TPEC Pool Enclosures

TPEC Pool Enclosures provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing residential, local government…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business