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Get Active for Improved Psychological Wellbeing

by Peta Duncan on July 13, 2015 · 0 comments

The benefits of being active and exercising for good physical health are indisputable. People who exercise regularly as part of their weekly routines, are less likely to experience depressive symptoms than those who are sedentary.

So how does being physically active affect our psychological wellbeing? Research supports a complex relationship between physical activity and mental health. While evidence suggests that people who are physically fit have lower levels of depression and anxiety, this does not necessarily conclude that a causal relationship exists but rather fitness is a component of a bigger picture.

Physiologically, exercising or being physically active may instigate changes such as increased blood circulation to the brain, changes in endorphins and monoamine levels, a reduction in cortisol levels and growth of nerve cells.  These changes assist the way we respond to stress. In particular, it supports the limbic system, which controls motivation, emotions, learning & memory. [read more....…]

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The Benefits of Sports Massage

by Ryo Shitamichi on March 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Many professional and Olympic athletes include Sports Massage in their training programme to keep their performance level high. It helps strengthen and tone your muscles and get you ready to perform at your best. It also reduces the risk of injury. On their website, the Australian Sports Commission recommends Sports Massage as a physiological and psychological strategy for recovery.

However, Sports Massage is not just for top athletes but also for amateur athletes, those who do physical work and even people who take their dog out for a walk. [read more....…]

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