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Researchers are calling for a new approach to mental health treatment!

Updated: May 13

Post-pandemic there has been a dramatic decline in mental health. From increased cases of depression to PTSD and even more reports of aggression between relationships. The search for the ultimate treatment in mental health is now more important than ever and the hunt may already be over.

Researchers at the University of South Australia seem to have cracked the code. After a comprehensive review of almost 100 reviews. These scientists discovered a treatment that is 1.5 times more effective than counselling or the leading medication for mental health. Now this may come as a shock to many, if anyone has been to a GP to discuss their mental health counselling and medication are the first two things that are offered - usually the only things.

So what is this treatment? Mushrooms? Ice baths? 16 chocolate eggs? Is it a new drug that costs tens of thousands to synthesise? Nope. Not even close.

This treatment is completely free and accessible to anyone.

It’s Exercise. Yes that’s right, exercise. Not only is it shown to be successful over a 12 week period or less but it’s 1.5 times more successful than standard medical approaches. (I know I've

already stated that but it makes me happy).

Feeling down pop a few squats (then you will really be feeling down - thank my wife for that joke). Having some anxiety about an upcoming event, try going for a jog, you have no idea the effect it has on clearing the mind.

As a personal trainer this comes as no surprise to me. We see the benefits exercise has on the mind each day. The best part of my job isn’t seeing someone get shredded or deadlift 7000kg. It’s seeing them go from shy and unsure people to confident and smiling individuals.

It’s all well and good celebrating this study but the system won’t change unless we act ourselves. So here is my task for you, and it’s one I will be pursuing myself. We need to make regular exercise a mainstay in everyone's life.

If you run a business, include exercise programs within your wellbeing protocols. If you work for a business, petition to have exercise as a part of your working day. If you have a friend who is down, take them for a walk, or take them to the gym. We can make positive change happen. All we have to do is squat!

Josh P

Co-Founder of R.D.A Strength Systems

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