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Post provided by Gretchen Masters from Spring Fitness.

Charitable personal trainer Gretchen Masters can help out with this, as she tackles depression all over Australia this September with Spring – 30 Days of Feel-good Fitness.

It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that one in six Aussie men experience depression every year and it is expected to be the number one reason we visit our GP by 2030. The problem is, it isn’t always diagnosed.  Why not? Because men focus more on the physical symptoms of depression, like being tired or losing weight, than on the emotional symptoms, like low mood or loss of confidence.

It’s important to know if what you’re experiencing is depression, so you can swing into action and return to your healthy self.  Common symptoms of depression include:

  • General slowing down or restlessness
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Withdrawl from family and friends
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Feeling overwhelmed, worthless or guilty
  • Perceived change of status within the family

If you’re concerned, have a chat with your doctor.  Websites like, and will also provide a wealth of information.  Another aspect you need to think about is how much you can help yourself. Charitable personal trainer Gretchen Masters can help out with this, as she tackles depression all over Australia this September with Spring – 30 Days of Feel-good Fitness.

“I’ve seen again and again how significantly anyone’s mood can improve when they get moving,” says Gretchen, who has chosen to donate this years’ profits to Australia's leading specialist telephone and online counselling and training provider, Crisis Support Services, who operate Mens Line Australia.

Regular 30-minute exercise sessions have been proven to be as effective as SSRI anti-depressants in cases of mild- to moderate-depression.  Even in more severe cases of depression, exercise may enhance the effect of medication.  They key is to exercise most days.  And let’s be honest, we don’t always have the motivation for that.  Which is what makes Spring so powerful.  Regular reminders pop up in your inbox, there’s the support of an online community and a few bribes thrown in. 

To get involved, members sign up at  For just $30 (even less for Tackle Nappy readers, see below), you’ll receive a 30-minute fitness plan every day, for the month of September.  The plans can be done at home, in a park or at the gym and come at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. 

“Exercise is about more than increasing endorphins – it distracts people from their worries, helps to improve sleep patterns, boosts energy and gives people a sense of control and self-worth,” says Gretchen who runs the Spring fitness program every September to coincide with the start of Spring. 

The statistics are compelling. On average, 2011 participants’ moods were boosted 21% each day that they followed Spring training plans.  This year, with the inclusion of daily feel-good recipes and mini-meditation podcasts, Gretchen expects to see an even bigger improvement in the moods of all participants.

Spring represents a leader in a new wave of online fitness programs. With so many people more time-deprived than ever, it makes sense to participate in an online fitness program that supports you in your own time, in your own space. Not only is this more convenient, more people are likely to stick to this change far beyond the month of September. 

If you’d like to get involved, go to to sign-up.  Enter FRIENDS in the coupon code box for your $5 discount, as a tackle Nappy reader. All of the profits from Spring are donated to Crisis Support Services, to support them in developing their video counseling services for people in remote areas.

Everyone who participates in Spring receives:

  1. Daily 30-minute training plans, at beginner, intermediate or advanced level
  2. A weekly Good Mood Food plan and shopping list
  3. A new meditation podcast each week
  4. Daily mindset tips
  5. Mood testing, mood tracking and plenty of support
Last modified on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:22

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