3 Top Reasons to get Men Moving
Men between the age of 30-50 are busy guys. With work and a young family it would be easy to think there is no time to exercise. The lack of exercise amongst men is often amplified by their misconception that a work-out needs to be “tough”. The “no pain no gain” attitude discourages them from recognising the benefits of just increasing their level of activity versus doing nothing at all.
At the end of the day there are endless reasons why men should get moving, some are very specific to men, while others can naturally be applied to women - either way the benefits are positive all round.
1. It can help boost Testosterone Levels
A man’s testosterone levels will peak in adolescence and then decline at around 1-2% a year from the age of 30. Decreased testosterone levels can affect a man’s physical and emotional health.
Exercise can help maintain testosterone levels which may deliver many positive effects including: increased production of red blood cells, increased bone density, improved sexual health, improved memory and concentration.
“Decreasing your body fat helps to decrease oestrogen and raises testosterone production in men; exercise will also improve stress levels and reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol which inhibits testosterone,” said Cityfit’s Operations Manager Alisha Pollard.
2. Help Fight Dementia
September is Dementia Awareness Month; each week more than 1,700 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in Australia, approx. one person every six minutes.
“Obviously this is a condition that affects both men and women though given the positive effects exercise can have preventing and managing this condition - it’s needs to be on the top of everyone’s list on why you need to keep active,” said Alisha.
Alzheimer’s Australia lists the following facts to encourage everyone to keep moving:
- Physical exercise promotes growth and survival of cells in the brain and is associated with less shrinkage with aging.
- One clinical trial found that regular walking led to an increase in the size of the hippocampus (part of the brain responsible for memory and spatial awareness
- In a recent Australian trial with people over 50, a 6-month program of physical activity saw improved memory and thinking.
3. Help Combat Depression
According to Beyond Blue Australia while women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated.
Depression is a high risk factor for suicide . In Australia, there are approximately 2,200 suicides each year, 80 per cent are by men – with an average of 5 men taking their lives every single day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 44, significantly exceeding the national road toll.
“Your doctor or mental health professional will help you develop an action plan to manage your depression and more often than not this plan will include exercise,” said Alisha
“Exercise will boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, while stimulating the release of endorphins (happy chemicals). Any activity will be beneficial, though a more social setting, where you are with other people will be more favorable as you create a social connection and further emotional support,” Alisha added.