Category Archives: Wellbeing

Men, depression and exercise – #MenStartTalking

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

Men Start Talking poster snip 2

Need a break? Make your own walking poster

Research or computer work getting a bit intense? Forgotten what fresh air smells like? Do you squint each time you head outdoors into natural light?

Take five minutes to generate your own walking poster, another awesome All Right? initiative.

What about making this a habit for your ‘Habit Stick’? Read about the three R’s of habit formation (reminder- routine – reward) here .

Here’s one I created – which shows I can get from the University to Riccarton Bush pretty quickly. The same for Bush Inn. Googling a distance calculator made it super easy.

example of generating walking poster

#MenStartTalking

JUNE is Men’s Health Month. The theme is #MenStartTalking, and every week we’ll be focusing on a different aspect of Men’s Health.

This week, get a Check-Up. If you’re going to your doctor regularly, they’ll tell you there’s almost nothing they can’t help you with. Even something like cancer is treatable if you catch it early. But if you haven’t been to the doctor for a few years, (some of us haven’t been for ten years or more), the fear factor can be massive. You almost don’t realise how big it is until you phone up to book your appointment.

Brave it out. Pick up the phone and make an appointment to see your doctor for a general check-up this week, even if you don’t think there’s anything wrong.

Try this Men’s Health Check interactive.

Want to check out a Men’s Health Topic? Everything from concussion, depression , testicular cancer, alcoholism, sleep apnoea and much more is looked at here. 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.