Exercise is an essential part of a person’s routine. It could include going to a gym with professional exercise equipment such as squat racks and treadmills or exercising on the front porch. Exercise can also be in the form of walking, yoga, and sports.
Australians often have exercise as a regular part of their routine. According to statistics, in the year 2020, around 1.8 million Australians in the age range of 25 and 35 were active in gyms and sports. At the same time, children’s statistics are obscured because their everyday happenings are almost physically taxing as exercise. Meaning, children do not need to exercise separately outside of their routines as integrated into their day-to-day activities.
People in the age range of 55-64 were also not so keen on exercising. However, they can be discounted by the fact that their lives are pretty serene post-retirement.
Exercise for Working Employees and Students:
So, the working and college attending population of Australia need exercise to benefit physical health and mental health.
Why is training the most popular between the ages of 25 and 35 specifically?
Exercise, in general, is very beneficial. The idea that training is necessary has existed for a long while. However, understanding why can be the very thing that motivates somebody to start an exercise. People for a long time have stalled plans to exercise. While they can make plans, they never follow through. This is because of how exercising takes a long time to get comfortable with.
The initial few weeks or months even can be painful and unenjoyable. As a result, people often want to quit in the early stages before they even cross over to stages where exercising becomes fun. One of the things that can help with this dilemma is having a workout buddy. Friends who workout together often end up motivating each other. By doing so, they can punch through the difficult initial stages together.
COVID and its effect on Workouts:
However, in the light of COVID, another solution has virtual workout partners. They could be friends or online strangers who workout together. Workers and students try to gain some essential benefits from exercising. One of the most sought out benefits of exercising is weight regulation and weight loss.
Working adults and college students have routines that are mostly confined to a sitting workplace. Limited mobility can gradually increase weight. When one realises that they’ve gained weight, it might be too late to reverse it. Exercising constantly prevents precisely that. Even if one doesn’t exercise enough to lose weight, exercising can regulate weight by countering the limited mobility in the workplace or universities.
Diet during workouts:
Exercise also doesn’t have to involve the gym or fancy equipment. While monitored and coached exercise can be helpful, choosing the stairs over the lift and choosing a fruit juice over a carbonated drink can be the smallest step towards good health. Secondly, with the city culture of junk food and drive-in lunches, exercise can resist or prevent health diseases or conditions.
Food becomes a dispensable need with the amount of work cut out for students and the long hours at work. Time is chosen over good, healthy food, replaced by picking up a burger dish in 2 minutes. Junk can contribute to more than just weight gain, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Exercise and Mental Health
While Australia isn’t at the worst spot for the frequency of depression and anxiety among the general population, its numbers can still be worrying. It is estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Mental illnesses occur because of the mental disbalance of hormones.
The Hormone Play:
Exercise can create change in the brain, such as releasing endorphins which elevate mood and energise the person. Exercise can also help gain focus and thereby decrease anxiety. Anxiety is a very common mental health issue that has many types as well. Social anxiety is such an example. This is also the most common form of anxiety. It revolves around the hesitations to mingle with one’s social circles or even talk and make plans with close friends.
In light of the pandemic and isolation, social anxiety, in general, has increased by many folds. Once pandemic lockdowns are decreased, people find themselves unaware of how to resume socialising.
The statistics of Australia show the need for exercise. Fortunately, Australians are given a variety of means to exercise. From walking by oneself to group yoga, there are many classes to enrol in. There are, of course, a lot of gyms too. Their professional equipment, such as squat racks and treadmills combined with a trainer, can bring health to any aspirant.
It is therefore important to remember that exercise is not a chore. It is the means to increase health, physical and mental.