As part of Men’s Health Month, UC Sport manager Grant Robertson shares his thoughts on depression and exercise. #MenStartTalking
There are times in everyone’s life when we feel down or like we just can’t cope. Feeling depressed, sad or anxious can be a normal reaction to loss, stress, worry, or periods of low self-esteem. Especially when one of our great New Zealand sports teams lose! But when these feelings last for more than a few days or weeks, and stop us from living life as usual, it can be a sign that something is wrong.
Depression is the most common mental health condition. One in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime, and in sport, one in five elite athletes suffer. High profile people at the top of their game like Greg Inglis and John Kirwan all battle with this condition. There are no typical characteristics of people who are more or less likely to get depressed.
So what can we do guys?
Get out and get moving – it will certainly help!
Regular exercise has been proven to:
- Reduce stress
- Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
- Boost self-esteem
- Improve sleep
If you are starting out for the first time here is a great guideline from Men’s Health NZ to follow – click here
Here are some other tips to help you get started:
- Choose an activity you enjoy. Exercising should be fun.
- Put your exercise routine into your schedule. Better yet, put it on your calendar.
- Variety is the spice of life. Make sure you vary your exercises so that you don’t get bored.
- Stick with it. If you exercise regularly, it will soon become part of your lifestyle and will help reduce your depression.
Watch this little message from Hugh Jackman too – click here
And don’t forget UC Sport run a whole range of fun sports and activities so get involved – click here
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