Five of the leading underlying causes of death among Australian men may be reduced by participating in regular exercise.

Conditions such as Ischemic Heart Disease, Lung Cancer, Stroke, Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease and Prostate Cancer, may be more prevalent at different stages in life, but exercise, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are their best prevention.

Growing waist circumferences are putting more adult males at even greater risk of these health problems, in particular Ischemic Heart Disease, as well as Diabetes and Hypertension. In 2014-2015, a staggering 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese – and men have slightly more reason for concern, with 70.8% of adult males being overweight or obese compared with 56.3% of women. One potential reason for these alarming statistics is that men stop participating in sport later in life. Less than half of all men 65+ play any form of sport whilst, in comparison, 86% of males aged 15-17 are benefiting from sports participation.*

What can you do today?

The best thing you can do for your health is to stay active. Whilst it’s incredibly important to begin an exercise routine as early in your life as possible so that habits become ingrained in your behavior, it’s never too late to start! Tailoring your exercise to your routine and interests is equally as important if you want to achieve prolonged exercise interventions which – in turn – will help reduce the risk of the aforementioned chronic conditions.

How can an Exercise Physiologist help?

An Exercise Physiologist is able to assess (previous and current medical history), tailor and prescribe exercise that suits your current health status, routine and goals so that you live a healthy lifestyle now and into the future.

Hugh DeGaris is a registered Exercise Physiologist who specialises in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic conditions and enhanced performance. Hugh treats out of Pinnacle Health Club Oakleigh but is available for consultation and assessments at sporting clubs or workplaces. He can be contacted via email [email protected] or 9548 8787.

*Please contact a Health Professional for further information on how you can get help

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