Exercise to get healthy mind
MEMBER for Gympie and Black Dog Institute Ambassador David Gibson is encouraging people in the Gympie region to participate in Exercise Your Mood Week.
Held across Australia from September 11 to 19, the week underlines the importance of exercise for maintaining good mental health.
With one in five Australians suffering from a mood disorder, Mr Gibson said it was important people of all ages participated in the campaign.
Professor Gordon Parker, executive director of the Black Dog Institute, said research had shown the benefits of exercise for people with mood disorders.
He said exercise-based interventions could significantly reduce depression compared to no treatment.
And, in older adults, research clearly showed that 16 weeks of regular exercise could be as effective as an antidepressant, although each influenced mood in different ways.
The mood benefits from exercise include the release of endorphins (described as the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals), interruption of the “inactivity cycle” of depression, distraction from worrying, changes in the brain’s chemistry, reduction in the levels of stress hormones, improved sleep, fitness and energy, and an increased sense of control while promoting social interaction.
Find out more about the campaign and how you can be involved at the Black Dog Institute website, www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/