Exercise Right Week

Encouraging all Australians to prioritise their mental health

For Exercise Right Week this year, we dare you to take the Chatterbox Challenge!

What is Exercise Right Week?

The brainchild of Exercise Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Exercise Right Week is an annual awareness campaign held in May every year. The campaign aims to highlight the benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing, with this year’s theme being ‘Exercise for the Right Reasons’. 

And what’s all this about a chatterbox? 

As passionate advocates of the benefits of exercise for both physical and mental health, and industry leaders in improving mental health outcomes, we are keen to support this great initiative. And this year, we’ve decided to really hit the ground running (pun intended) with a campaign of our own. A campaign that encourages EVERYONE to exercise, discuss their mental health, and have fun in the process by ‘thinking outside the chatterbox’. Appropriate for all ages, you can use our nifty chatterbox with your family, friends and colleagues – just make sure to get your trainers on first! And the best part (other than getting active with your nearest and dearest)… by simply getting involved, you could WIN a Garmin watch (T&Cs apply) ! 

Keep scrolling to get your own chatterbox, have some fun, and maybe even win. 

Take the digital chatterbox challenge

Get ready…

  • How are you feeling today?
  • How does exercise benefit your mental health?
  • Go for it!
Think outside the chatterbox

By regularly performing the 8 exercises shown in the Chatterbox Challenge, you can gain strength and mobility to help you perform everyday tasks (…and not so everyday tasks!). See below to find out what functional tasks the exercises can relate to.

Single Leg Balance


Star Jumps




Wall Sit


FREE Mental Health Exercise Guidebook

The Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation Mental Health & Exercise Guidebook is holistic in nature and provides enhanced understanding of the sometimes complex and multidimensional nature of what happens in our bodies when we exercise – both on a psychological and physical level, and more importantly, how the mind and the body interact to contribute to our overall health. 

Mental Health Exercise Guidebook
Did you know?

Your brain loves physical exercise

When you exercise; Norepinephrine is released, which
improves motivation and attention; Brain-derived neurotrophic
factor (BDNF) is released, which
protects and repairs the brain from
degeneration; Hormones combine to grow brain
cells and regulate mood; The hippocampus, a part of the brain
concerned with learning and memory,
grows in size with regular exercise
over time; Endorphins are produced, which can
reduce the sensation of pain; Serotonin is released,
which can enhance mood; Blood flow to the brain increases,
which removes waste from the
brain and delivers more oxygen and
nutrients; Dopamine is released, which improves
motivation and focus and learning

Under-utilisation of exercise

A recent study found that only 1.6% of referrals to an Exercise Physiologist were made for mental illness, such as depression, despite depression being the fifth most prevalent condition amongst individuals sampled.

Benefits of exercise

People who exercise regularly have better mental health and emotional wellbeing, and lower rates of mental illness.

What is an EP?

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is described as a “university qualified allied health professional equipped with the knowledge and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, subacute and chronical medical conditions, injuries or disabilities” 

Set your goals now!

Setting goals to engage in physical activity 

Firstly, consider what stage of behavioural change you are currently at, as this will shape your goal setting approach.

Maintenance stage – Engaging in exercise and meaningful activity >3 months = SMART goal.

Action stage – Currently engaging in regular activity for <3 months = SMART goal.

Preparation stage – Poor confidence in new environments, but motivated to start = Stepped or SMART goal.

Contemplation stage – Not physically active & unsure whether to start = Stepped goal.

Pre-contemplation stage – Poor exercise history and no intention to commence in near future = Stepped goal 

Health information library

Our programs embrace the transition from patho-anotomical injury management, with a true application of the biopsychosocial approach and a rehabilitation plan built around uncomplicated physical activity.

Our programs act to complement traditional mental health interventions, such as psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

A very strong body-of-evidence shows that implementing manageable physical activity routines can reduce the onset, development and/or progression of cardiometabolic disease, through eliciting a myriad of physiological benefits.

Exercise is proven to provide many benefits before, during and following cancer treatment. Latest research shows strongly that people with cancer who engage in structured exercise experience fewer and less severe treatment-related side effects and report improved quality-of-life.

In line with the foundational principle that early intervention provides optimised long-term clinical outcomes, we provide customised programs to assist in managing workplace musculoskeletal injuries.

We offer exercise physiology services for a range of diagnosed Respiratory Conditions, principally for individuals through their Life Insurance/Income Protection policy.

We offer exercise physiology services for a range of chronic conditions principally for individuals through their Life Insurance/Income Protection policy.

Garmin watch competition

Win a Garmin watch!

What movements shown in the chatterbox do you do in everyday life? (For example, lunging to catch a dropped glass before it hits the ground!) 

Send us a photo of you doing this movement with an accompanying caption of 50 words or less. The most creative submission will win!

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