Exercising for Mental Health

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WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

Mental health is the psychological wellbeing of an individual, which may impact on cognitive, behavioural and social functioning. Some mental illnesses include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders. Mental illness can impede work, socialising and physical activity to the extent of social isolation and poor physical health. Approximately 1/5 Australians experience some form of mental illness each year with 54% of those with a mental illness not having access to any form of treatment. Every day at least 6 Australians complete suicide and a further 30 Australians attempt suicide.

WHY IS EXERCISE IMPORTANT?

Evidence suggests that exercise is an effective treatment for people suffering both acute and chronic mental illness. It has been suggested that exercise is as effective, if not more effective in treating mental illness as pharmacological interventions. Exercise is medicine with even as little as one workout a week being shown to improve mental health. Exercise increases the level of endorphins within the brain, which play a role in improving a person’s mood. Exercise improves energy levels, improves sleep, provides a distraction, enhances social interaction and improves self-esteem. Regular exercise can also counteract the side effects of mental illness medication (e.g. increased weight gain, blood pressure, muscle weakness and falls).

WHAT TYPES OF EXERCISE?

Slowly and safely progress towards 150-300 minutes of light to moderate exercise per week. Starting off with as little as 5-10 minutes of continuous exercise for 1-2 days a week and progress towards 30-60 minutes 5-7 days a week. This should consist of cardiovascular exercise (e.g. walking, cycling, swimming or boxing), resistance training (e.g. machine weights, free weights, bands and body weight exercises), stretching and balance activities.· Perform a variety of types of exercise and choose ones that you enjoy the most.Set realistic short-term goals, plan to exercise at a time that is most suitable for your schedule and lifestyle and keep track of your progress. It’s important to remember that it may take some time for you to notice the benefits of exercise. Research has shown a significant reduction in mental illness after 8 weeks of participating in regular exercise.· .

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

Our exercise physiologists will complete a comprehensive assessment to ensure exercise prescription is safe, and individualised to your conditions and needs. We offer a range of services including but not limited to: Hydrotherapy Gym-based exercise therapy Home-based exercise therapy Group sessions Pilates It is recommended that you to speak with your general practitioner or specialist prior to commencing an exercise program.

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Billy and Kim GrahamBilly and Kim Graham
00:28 25 Aug 22
This is definitely the place to go!! I use the heated pool!!! Beautiful!!! I have a great guide, companion, teacher, encourager in Robbie Brokenshire!! 😃He is compassionate and thorough!!I really enjoy myself, have a laugh, and we get the job done!!!So I absolutely recommend ProhHealth Exercise Physiology here in Redcliffe!!!
Terence GiddingsTerence Giddings
00:27 08 Jul 22
I have been a client with ProHealth for the last two-plus years. I have several chronic conditions, and working with Robbie Brokenshire and the ProHealth team has enabled me to lead a relatively everyday life.I would undoubtedly recommend ProHealth to anyone.
Jan HawesJan Hawes
07:00 24 Jun 22
I have been working with ProHealth for the past few months. All the team are friendly and professional. Strongly recommend them. It is never too late to start exercising.
Mike DickinsonMike Dickinson
23:45 19 Jun 22
Awesome trainers. Friendly staff. Great facilities. As a retired Veteran I 100% recommend to any Veterans or members of the public. They can tailor the exercise packages to meet a variety of needs. Thanks to Brooke (my PT) and the whole team.
Jocelyn GreerJocelyn Greer
00:39 19 Jun 22
Would 100% recommend Steph at ProHealth. My son who has special needs attends once a week for exercise physiology classes and Steph is fantastic. She is kind, friendly and great at her job. James feels very comfortable with her and he is making great progress.
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