Natural Mood Lifter
06 September 2019
Life is sometimes like the weather we experienced at Avondale School last week. Beautiful one day and terrible the next. Last week I made it through 5.5 PE lessons before the rain forced me into the Sport Shed to play silent ball. It rained all Friday and there were many sad faces including mine as I cancelled sport and looked out over the water pooling on the oval.
There are many sad faces in USA with 13% of the total population over 12 years of age taking anti-depressants last month according to the National Centre for Health Statistics. Australia has the second highest use of anti-depressants in the world.
We all know that staying active is one of the best ways to keep ourselves happy and healthy. But did you know it can also improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life?
I have been an active person all my life and I regularly get that ‘feel good sensation’ after doing something physical. Unfortunately, many adults become less active as they progress through the stages of life. Regular physical activity can relieve stress, anxiety, depression and anger. Think of it as a happy pill with no side effects except maybe sore muscles. Most people feel better over time as physical activity becomes a regular part of their lives. Without regular activity your body slowly loses strength, stamina and ability to function properly.
“You don’t stop moving from growing old, you grow old from stopping moving.”
Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. We have several staff members who now work at stand-up work stations and are reaping the benefits. One study showed that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day had an 80% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
It’s true, 50 is the new 40 … but only if you’re healthy. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are not active and are obese. These 7 years are usually healthier years as well. Active adults maintain their quality of life and independence longer as they age.
The Australian Heart Foundation recommends a daily 30-minute period of moderate intensity aerobic activity. It is just so easy! Just move more, move with more intensity and sit less.
When was the last time you had that ‘feel good sensation’? For those of you who have an active lifestyle and are enjoying the rewards, well done. For those who need to increase some activity into their life I encourage you to start TODAY.
Primary Sport Coordinator