The head of the nation’s peak fitness group has welcomed a move by TAFE NSW Moss Vale to incorporate a mental health unit into its fitness courses, amid new research showing almost a third of gymgoers now exercise to aid their mental health.
AusActive CEO Barrie Elvish, a vocal advocate for the benefits of exercising for mental wellness, said the new unit would ensure future Highlands fitness instructors were better equipped to help clients navigate their personal fitness journey.
TAFE NSW Moss Vale fitness teacher Kristen Cantrill said the fresh focus on mental health training for fitness professionals was in response to the changing needs of industry.
“The current research is showing that the number one reason people are attending gyms is to see improvements in their own mental health,” Ms Cantrill said.
“Local gyms are crying out for TAFE NSW graduates but it’s important we prepare them to work effectively in the industry and make a real difference.
“This is such a holistic qualification in a role that is incredibly rewarding, because you’re helping guide people on their health and fitness journey.”
The course also includes units in anatomy and physiology, screening and assessment, and planning and instructing group exercise.