SHAPING UP: ASN Hunter operations manager Nathan Zajac is throwing his support behind Beyond Blue.
Focusing on your mental health is just as important as the physical side.
That will be an emphasis of a charity bootcamp being held at Warners Bay at 8am on Saturday.
Australian Sports Nutrition (ASN) Hunter operations manager Nathan Zajac is organising the ASN Workout for a Cause, which will raise funds and awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide prevention through chosen charity Beyond Blue.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help Australians achieve their best possible mental health.
It is a cause close to Zajac’s heart – he lost three friends to suicide in a six-month period.
According to beyondblue.org.au: “Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, about 200 Australians attempt suicide every day and of those, on average, eight will die.”
“Mental illness is something that touches all of us at some stage – through people we know and people we love,” Zajac said. “But unfortunately … we don’t talk about it, because we don’t understand it.”
The Novocastrian will tackle mental illness head-on on April 5 when he dusts off his boxing gloves for an amateur fight at Sydney’s Star Casino to raise awareness and funds for Beyond Blue.
“I haven’t hit a punching bag like this in over two decades, so this is what is going to really challenge me,” he said. “But while I’m going to be uncomfortable and the training is going to be testing, it is nothing compared to what people with mental illness endure on a daily basis.”
The Workout For A Cause coincides with his boxing challenge and also comes halfway through a 10-week “Lifestyle Refresh” program that BodyScience and ASN have teamed up for.
“It’s a 10-week program about health and fitness,” Zajac said. “It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about a life refresh. It’s fitness, mindset, everything. It’s a holistic approach.”