Men, it is time to break the stigma

In the world of men's health, the topic of conversation is often around physical fitness & nutrition. Yet, one crucial aspect that is almost always overlooked is men's mental health. In a world where the pressures of masculinity often discourage showing signs of vulnerability, addressing mental health struggles remains a challenge.

However, there's a rather powerful tool in this struggle. It’s called exercise. Exercise isn't just about muscle gains or shedding pounds. The benefits of exercise stretches far beyond the physical, hitting deep into mental and emotional well-being. Let’s explore how being physically active serves as a tool for combating stress, anxiety, and depression.

Breaking the stigma

Historically, men have been conditioned to suppress emotions. Because of this, many men find it difficult or feel awkward around opening up about their mental struggles or seeking professional help when needed. This pressure often leads to a culture of silence & pretending, where mental health issues then begin to fester beneath the surface, making the problems worse.

However, in recent times, the tide seems to be turning. Movements advocating for mental health awareness have gained momentum, encouraging men to embrace vulnerability and seek support. Exercise plays a rather important role in this, offering ways for men to engage with their emotions, alleviate stress & teach themselves the art of physical discipline. The Power of Physical Activity. When it comes to mental health, exercise is a game-changer. Here's how:

Regulation of moods:

Being active releases endorphins & neurotransmitters that trigger feelings of euphoria and success. Regular exercise acts as a natural mood enhancer, helping to suppress or alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Reduce Stress Levels:

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, stress can become overwhelming and motivation drops to an all time low. Sometimes finding it hard to even get out of bed in the mornings is something people face every day. Exercise provides a healthy outlet for pent-up anger, aggression or tension, promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels. Cortisol is the main stress hormone.

Confidence Boost:

With consistent exercise and a fitness plan, comes a sense of accomplishment and trust us, there’s no better feeling than nailing a personal best or seeing results when you step on the scales. With setting and achieving goals,  confidence and self-esteem soar, washing away those feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt.

Getting social:

Many forms of exercise, such as group fitness classes, generate social interaction and camaraderie. Building supportive networks within the fitness community can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. And at Village Health and Wellness, our social calendar is always jam-packed with stuff to do just that! You can check out what’s on at your club here.

How we can help you:

Whether it's hitting the gym, going for a swim, practising yoga, there's plenty to go at Village Health & Wellness to suit individual needs, preferences and fitness levels. The key is to find activities that resonate with you and integrate them into your fitness routine but also important to keep the routine fresh - when you’re on a high we need to keep it there. Momentum is key!

Baby steps to begin with. Even the briefest bouts of exercise can bring significant mental health benefits. The goal isn't perfection but progress and consistency. Remember, every step forward, no matter how small, is a victory. Want in on our FREE online fitness programme focussed primarily on wellness? 





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