Training for Mental Health

Tri & run

Self-care is a term that is usually associated with activities that make a person feel happy and comfortable. Generally, these activities help recover energy and provide an outlet to restore our mental health. One of the most effective self-care activities that you can do to help maintain balance is engaging in an aerobic based sport.

Your mind is a part of you that can be destabilised and injured the same way your body can. You don’t have to necessarily be in a highly stressful environment to develop some kind of symptom. Our minds can suffer harm from everyday situations if they are not assessed on time.

It is important to mention the real facts and numbers in Australia as they call for a mental health awakening across the country;

  • 20% of Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year.
  • Around 12% will experience some sort of traumatic event during their lifetime that will lead to mental health problems.
  • 45% of Australians will experience some sort of mental health issue at some point during their lifetime.

The question most people will have at this point is how does exercise become useful?  And the answer is by becoming your strongest ally by helping you cope with, not avoid, these issues.

Being involved in a club will provide you with both social interaction and a balanced structure of weekly training that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. So how fast, how far and for how long do you need to train? The answer is very individual and is based on your athletic history and current fitness levels, while also considering the other external stressors in your work and family life. By keeping your heart rate at a 60% to 70% of max heart rate levels for sustained periods, you will be promoting the flow of blood and oxygen to your whole body, including your brain. This means that the way you think will be enhanced, opening your brain to different ideas, concepts and solutions. This, in addition to the inner chemical balance produced by the release of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine will result in a strong balancing force in your body and mind.

If you are new to physical activity, then completing this kind of exercise 2 to 3 times per week will improve your general mood, change your view on different topics of life and begin to improve your overall mental health. For those already veteran to sport and exercise and who may train at higher intensities as part of a weekly training program, including an easy aerobic session at least once per week will be enough to disconnect you from any stress that you might have, calm your thoughts, get a new perspective on any issue and get back on a higher note.

As a secondary benefit, it must be noted that by engaging in a safe social activity in the most friendly fitness classes Elsternwick offers will bring with it the benefits of a supportive and engaging social environment. Even if you are sharing a comment, a thought or a laugh, having contact with a group of friends, family or training buddies will allow you to vent your emotions and relax.

In summary, we know that there is a very strong and scientifically proven link between aerobic exercise and improved mental health. When this is combined with being in a club environment, it only adds to the ability of exercise to help regulate mental health issues and develop coping mechanisms. These activities are just one of the many paths can take to help take care of your mental wellbeing. Connecting with your family and close friends can help and opening your feelings to them will help you make sense of your troubles.

If you find that you are suffering alone, or you don’t know where to begin to seek help, then booking a mental health Counselling session or visiting a Psychologist will help guide you in the right direction. You can contact the Davey Black Counselling team here. There are also many discreet phone lines that you can call to seek assistance. You can find a comprehensive list by clicking through here.

Exercise your way to greater mental health.