June 22, 2018
Healthy well-being lacks cultural relevance for Māori men
A Māori exercise physiologist says health promotions emphasising physical and mental wellbeing lack cultural relevance for Māori men.
Isaac Warbrick from the AUT School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies has conducted a qualitative study of Māori men aged 30 to 70 years who are overweight and sedentary.
Participants said they didn’t know how to exercise effectively, even while they want to be healthy role models for their children.
Dr Warbrick says when they were younger they had got exercise from sport or from activities such as gathering and preparing food, chopping wood or working on a farm, usually as part of a group.
"They played league or rugby or sports in the past where they had that camaraderie, we call it bro-ship. They'd missed that for years, especially once they started their own families and got into mahi and became adults, they no longer had that camaraderie," he says.
Dr Warbrick says and a way to get Māori men physically active was to blend high-intensity interval training with group-based and c
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