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Exercise Your Mind & Your Mental Health

What is mental health? 

“Mental health” should not be perceived as inherently negative or positive; rather, it exists on a continuum that we all inhabit, and our position on this continuum may change daily. Several factors contribute to our emotional well-being, and some elements are crucial for maintaining a positive mental state. It’s important to note that not having a mental health condition does not guarantee flourishing mental health, just as individuals with mental illnesses can still experience positive life events in other aspects of their lives.

Maintaining social connections, fostering healthy personal relationships, and participating in a supportive community (1) are vital for cultivating a positive outlook on life. Many forms of exercise can positively impact these three areas. Moreover, positive mental health is often intertwined with physical well-being. Individuals who are newly grappling with mental health issues may experience heightened anxiety due to a lack of understanding. In such cases, establishing grounding practices, like a structured exercise routine, can be crucial and has undoubtedly saved countless lives in the past.

What are the risk factors for poor mental health?

Mental health conditions can cause distress, hinder daily functioning and relationships, and are linked to poor physical health and premature death from suicide. When your body is unwell, it’s highly likely that your mind is also suffering. If you wake up every day feeling as though your life is slipping away or out of your control, it affects every interaction and may lead to a loss of self-identity.

Various factors can contribute to the manifestation of mental health issues, and these factors vary across age groups:

For children, some of the primary negative factors include:

  • Excessive screen time
  • Sedentary behavior*
  • Chronic illness*
  • Obesity*

For adolescents:

  • Excessive screen time
  • Poor family functioning
  • Chronic illness*
  • Obesity*

For adults and the general population:

  • Social isolation and loneliness*
  • Insecure employment
  • Economic inequality
  • Physical health conditions*
  • Obesity*
  • Stress events*

(2)

When looking over those factors above it is amazing that all those marked with a * can be directly treated with exercise.

What are the advantages of exercise and mental health issues? 

First and foremost, it’s essential to acknowledge that regular exercise often has a profoundly positive impact on depression and anxiety alone. Even if these were the only two factors related to physical fitness and mental health, it should be motivation enough to start exercising today. However, the benefits of exercise extend beyond this.

Exercise relieves stress, improves sleep quality, enhances memory and cognition, boosts mood, increases self-esteem, raises overall energy levels, and enhances mental resilience, among other benefits (3).

While you may have heard about the physiological benefits of exercise, such as the release of endorphins and serotonin by the brain to elevate mood, what you might not realize is that merely completing a task from start to finish can have a significant impact on your mental well-being. Once you start, the possibilities become more apparent.

In essence, humans are designed to be active. In today’s society, where convenience often leads to neglecting physical activity, it’s crucial to recognize when this is happening and find ways to incorporate daily exercise into your routine.

Here are some examples of exercise for mental health

What’s remarkable about exercise for improving mental health is that anything you can manage will make a difference. Whether it’s completing ultra marathons, participating in team sports, stretching in the mornings, or engaging in any physical activity, every effort counts.

The health and exercise community represents one of the largest social movements globally, evident on social media platforms. People are involved in various sports and activities, providing the perfect environment to explore new interests or exciting activities. Whether it’s rock climbing, snorkeling, boxing, soccer, hiking, yoga, or leisurely walks on the beach, every activity has a social community filled with enthusiastic individuals, allowing you to forge meaningful relationships with like-minded people.

Remember, if you find yourself going through a low point in your life, take solace in the fact that many others have faced similar struggles. Don’t hide your thoughts; talk to people about them, as you might be surprised at how not alone you truly are.

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At Be Physiology we focus on exercise and movement for the management and improvement of neurological and chronic conditions.

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Trent Brock | Mobile Exercise Physiologist

Trent Brock

mobile exercise physiologist
I have had 3 major passions throughout my life; exercise, competitive sports, and a strong will to help others. Those 3 factors made it an easy decision to pursue a career as an exercise physiologist. By encouraging and facilitating evidence-based exercise rehabilitation, I can help individuals living with various chronic conditions, particularly those living with neurological conditions.
I see exercise physiology as an extremely beneficial practice that enables clients to experience an improved quality of life. Personally, being able to provide insight into exercise and other tools that can equip clients with helpful skills and wellbeing improvements is extremely fulfilling. Being able to improve not only an individual, but their support network’s day-to-day life fills me with great joy and motivates me to continue to be better so that I can do better. I understand that everyone has a different view of exercise and there is no one-size fits all approach, so I operate with an open and adaptive mind, supported by evidence-based practices. If you or anyone that you know is looking to improve their quality of life and begin a journey to improved living, or just have any general questions, get in touch and let's have a chat!
Michelle Marais AEP

Michelle Marais

mobile exercise physiologist
My passion for movement, health, and helping others led me to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Through this role, I facilitate exercise-based rehabilitation for individuals with various chronic conditions, with a primary interest and area of expertise in neurological conditions.
To me, exercise physiology is about equipping clients with valuable skills that make daily tasks easier and empowering them to achieve their goals while enjoying the process.I take great pride in being a part of my clients' rehabilitation journey and exploring new methods with them to find the optimal exercise approach that works best for them.If you have any questions or are interested in starting your journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle, please feel free to reach out to me.
Angus Sullivan AEP

Angus Sullivan AEP

Mobile Exercise Physiologist
As an accredited exercise physiologist, I see my role as an opportunity to facilitate a safe and effective environment for my clients to explore their physical capabilities, identify areas where they would like to improve, and then prescribe meaningful and appropriate activities to achieve these improvements.
I currently work predominantly with individuals living with disability and have a keen interest in acquired brain injuries (ABI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injuries (SCI) and rare neurological conditions.
To me, exercise physiology is not only about achieving narrow objective goals (eg. 1 Rep Max bench press), but improving an individual’s lifestyle and making activities of daily living easier (mobilising, transferring, feeding, and more).
I love what I do and enjoy learning new methods and discussing different opinions about exercise. I am always happy to chat about it so please get in contact if you have any questions or knowledge that you wish to share!
Our team of mobile exercise physiologists

Walter White

manager of good vibes
Being active has taken on a whole new meaning and I am 100% here for it. I like to fink I'm pretty active, and I keep up de vibes during team meetings - just making sure everyone's hands are always moving (across my butt) because I know dat any exercise is good exercise.
I keep close to everyone, real close, just to keep dem on their toes when dey walk by too.
Fings are always better when I am der so if you need some good vibes, I will be der for you.
Brb just going to have a snooze.
Love and licks,
Wally
Brittney Kenward

Brittney Kenward

co-founder / Operations manager
I’m NOT an exercise physiologist, but I do take my hat off to my team and get to admire the work they do each and every day. Be Physiology means that we’re able to apply our passion, and our experience, to make exercise physiology more accessible to the people who need it the most.
You might hear the team describe me as ‘the person who does everything else’, and that can be translated to ‘marketing and operations'. My background is marketing and business, which I’ve lived and breathed since 2011. I’ve worked in both the agency and corporate spaces, across many industries, with many amazing people and now with Be Physiology, I get to explore the health industry further and continue to meet the most incredible people who are the ones to define motivation.
If you’ve met Harry and Aj, you’d know that they don’t really need marketing - they’re genuine, have ridiculous amounts of charisma, knowledgeable, and extremely passionate about helping people to be a better version of themselves. But, sometimes getting an introduction is the hardest part and that’s where I come in.
If you want to chat, a coffee, a laugh, I’m always here to make one or all of them happen.

So call me and let’s keep sharing the love!
Keegan Betts AEP

Keegan Betts AEP

mobile exercise physiologist
As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, my work is driven by my passion for movement, health, and empowering others. With my experience working with individuals of all ages who have neurological conditions such as autism, stroke, and cerebral palsy, I focus on delivering activity-based therapy to optimise their independence.
Seeing people empowered and handling daily tasks easier is incredibly rewarding, as well as being able to give others the tools to improve their mental health and prevent secondary health conditions.
I know the importance of creating a welcoming and safe environment particularly when improving our health and I always strive to ensure everybody feels supported by the team around them and receives the highest level of care.
Get in touch today and let's make it happen.
Kristen McCluskey

Kristen McCluskey

Mobile Exercise Physiologist
If you spend as little as 10 minutes a day exercising, it will still make a huge difference to your overall physical and mental health - this is a fact and it is very often underappreciated! The benefits of exercise don’t discriminate and the rumours are true, exercise is medicine.
Spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions and women’s health are areas I find to be very dynamic and that I am particularly passionate about, but all aspects of exercise physiology are unique and have a significant impact on people’s everyday lives and I want to continue bringing it to those who will benefit the most from it.
I'm passionate about learning new methods and learning what my clients enjoy and how they approach exercise. I am always happy to chat about the many benefits and outcomes of exercise physiology so please get in contact if you have any questions or knowledge that you wish to share.
If you’re interested in learning more about who I am or want to ask any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at .
Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

marketing assistant
My name is Charlotte, and I'm a sports enthusiast currently studying for a marketing degree. Although I am not an exercise physiologist, I have a passion for sports having a background in ski instructing and adaptive skiing. Like the team, I believe exercise is medicine and share a similar passion and values to help and motivate others I meet.
I've been fortunate enough to work globally with a background in event management, ski instructing, administrating, and climbing supervisor. However, working alongside the Be Physiology team as my dream role in marketing is a highlight. If you have had the pleasure of meeting the team, you will know their genuine, funny, knowledgeable, and passionate to help others. These are values that I also pride myself in, and I am so fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded colleagues.
Harry White AEP

Harry White AEP

co-founder / supervisor
Exercise physiology combines two of my favourite things: health and helping people. As an accredited exercise physiologist with more than seven years’ clinical experience, I have treated people presenting with a wide variety of health conditions and concerns, postural issues, chronic injuries and rehabilitation needs.
My expertise is spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders and helping my clients to achieve an improved quality of life through rehabilitation and functional training. Rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders can be slow but incredibly rewarding for clients when results are achieved, no matter how small. Assisting people through learning useful skills and functional training is the most important role that an EP can play to help people lead a more fulfilled life.
Working for many years with people who have suffered serious injury or live with a disability, I know that taking a proactive approach to your health changes your life. If you care for your body, it will take care of you.
I’m passionate about helping people live a long, healthy and active life, so call today.