Exercise and physical activity is an important part of health and wellbeing.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released a report showing that, even a small increase in our levels of physical activity could have major positive health impacts. The report reveals that 2.6% of the disease in Australia was due to physical inactivity. That may seem a small percentage but the Institute say that when physical inactivity is combined with conditions such as obesity or being overweight, it then increases to 9%. That puts physical activity on the same level as tobacco smoking. And, as we all know, that is the leading disease risk factor in Australia.
Physical activity is linked to improved mental wellbeing. That is something that has been know for some time and the Australian report coincides with new American research shows that people might be starting to take note of this. The researchers at Michigan State University found that people with mental health issues want to use physical activity and want it to be part their mental health treatments. It looks like a case of the public becoming more aware of how important it can be to our overall health.
Research has shown how physical activity is effective against moderate depression and anxiety and regular activity is advised as one of the ways to help against it.
At Retreat South, physical activity is something we advocate for and even recommend regular sessions with our Exercise Physiologist when we work with you in developing your treatment plan. Exercise Physiology can help with your overall physical as well as mental health as well as being part of a holistic approach to your recovery.