Regular Exercise Is Highly Beneficial; Men Need to Raise Their Awareness on Health and Wellbeing

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Byline: Fallon Hudson fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

IF MEN knew that being a healthier version of themselves could improve their love life, they would be lining up to see a doctor or dust off their sneakers.

Even though Movember is almost over it is important to raise the awareness of men's health and wellbeing.

Most men are lazy when it comes to their health or are too busy to take the time to check their mind and body.

According to Exercise & Sports Science Australia exercise physiologist Sebastian Buccheri, most men aged between 30 and 60 are not very physically active because of work and family commitments.

This results in a range of health problems.

aOne of the biggest reasons for supporting a cause like Movember is that, as exercise physiologists, we know the importance of staying healthy and the direct benefits of exercise in the management of and prevention of many chronic and complex diseases,a Mr Buccheri said.

aMy colleagues and I come across depression in about 70% of male pain-management clients.

aI have seen first-hand the benefits a biopsychosocial approach, which means combining exercise and psychological intervention, has on managing depression.

aThere is also an overwhelming amount of evidence that links exercise to cancer prevention.

aExercise is not only essential in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease but can significantly improve other areas of a man's life, including mental alertness, muscle strength and a better sex life.a

Mr Buccheri said there were countless studies that confirmed sexual dysfunction was far more likely among those with poor physical health and that vigorous exercise provided the best results.

Like many other aspects of a man's health, education regarding the benefits needs to occur on a much larger scale.

aMen have not made the link between physical activity and improved libido,a Mr Buccheri said.

aA few days or weeks at the gym or doing exercise ... we feel sexier, more confident and our sex drive starts roaring.

aSeveral studies have, in fact, shown that exercise causes a psychological as well as physiological improvement to our sex life.

aMen who are physically inactive and then aerobically exercise three or four days a week, regularly, for at least an hour at a time, soon report more sex and better sex.

Exercise physiologist and associate lecturer at University of Queensland Courtney Hargrave said men did not look after their health as well as women.

He said when it came to their own health and their body men tended to adopt the adon't fix it if it ain't brokena attitude.

aUnfortunately these behaviours are translated into the current average life expectancy of male Australians, 79.5 years, whilst female Australians can expect to live to the ripe old age of 84 years,a he said. …