Keeping with the June theme of Men’s health, our Exercise Physiologist discusses the role of physical activity in men’s health and how he can help to get men on track. Physical activity is important for men and women alike, however there are some particularly important health reasons that men should participate in physical activity.
Why is physical activity important for men’s health?
Statistics show that Australian men are more likely than Australian women to get sick from a serious health problem. Mortality rates are much the same – for every two Australian women, three Australian men die.
Participating in regular physical activity is one lifestyle change that can prevent the onset of diseases causing premature death in men. Currently, less than half of Australian men aged between 25 – 75 participate in the recommended levels of physical activity.
Can physical activity help prevent diseases in men?
Yes! participating in regular exercise is one of the most important and most effective preventive tools. Studies show that people who are not active are almost twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack compared to those who are active. After cigarette smoking, physical inactivity is the most important factor you can change to lower your risk of chronic disease (which is the number one leading cause of premature death in Australian men).
How much physical activity do men need?
The Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Adults 18 – 64 years (recommendations are the same for both men and women) suggests that to be sufficiently active you must accumulate 150 – 300 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 – 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week, or a combination of these types of activity. That could be as little as a 20 minute walk each day!
How can an exercise physiologist help me become more active?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) can provide safe exercises for all levels of fitness to prevent onsets of diseases which lead to premature deaths in men. No matter what your current activity levels, are it’s never too late! To get a referral to our AEP, Matthew Brozovich, visit your GP and begin the journey to a healthier you!