This Men’s Health Week (June 10-16), we are encouraging all men and boys to take a look at their health behaviours. We want all males to lead happy and healthy lives and that depends on looking after your physical and mental health, checking in with mates and taking steps to prevent problems.
One in two Australian men aged between 18-64 do not get enough exercise, and seven in ten are overweight. Current guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity across 5 or more sessions each week. For over 65’s, this is at least 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week.
Physical activity, like bike riding, not only has an impact on physical health but also mental. Exercise releases mood enhancing endorphins and can also spark nerve cells to grow and make new connections, often helping relieve depression. According to a study by Sydney University, people who commute to work by bicycle, are twice as happy as those who catch public transport, walk or drive.
Yet sadly in Australia, more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions and taking their own lives, than women of the same age.
20 leading causes of death between men and women in 2015
“This Men’s Health Week we challenge you and the males to adopt one new healthy habit. We developed a checklist of possibilities to help - and if you do all of these, why not challenge a mate to join you? You could make a big difference,” commented Kim Lavender, Bicycle NSW Communications Manager.
Through Men’s Health Week, we will be sharing how the Bicycle NSW staff stay healthy.
If this article has brought up any concerns for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or visit your local General Practitioner.