exercise for better mental health

I recently attended the ‘Muscling up on Mental Illness’ public lecture by Dr Simon Rosenbaum at Southern Cross University. I came away with a few learnings that I thought would be valuable to share with our audience.

When we look at mental ill health we often focus on the psychological symptoms, so there is often a disconnect between mental and physical wellbeing.

This is why it is so important to recognise the interconnectedness of our physical and mental health.

I’ve included some key take-aways from the lecture and also a video featuring Dr Rosenbaum and the positive impact of exercise on mental health.

Exercise for better Mental Health

  • People who are the least physically active (think: hard to get out of bed) have the most gains in physical and mental health as a result of exercise
  • As a component of care, exercise reduces mental health symptoms
  • Exercise and diet prevents the weight gain associated with psychoactive medication – so it is important to advocate to engage an exercise physio and dietitian when medication is prescribed.
  • The amount of time spent sitting (eg watching tv) directly impacts mental health
  • 60 minutes a week of physical activity can prevent 12-17% of incidence of depression symptoms
  • The type of exercise you engage in doesn’t matter, you just need to do something


Want to learn more about mental health recovery? Here’s 5 Real Life Tips for Mental Health Recovery.

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About Emily Dever
Emily Dever is the Workplace Wellness Manager at CHESS. She has a background in Psychology and Employment Services, is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and is a self confessed chocolate lover.