Hello my dear friends,
You have probably heard a million times how important exercise is for a variety of reasons, but today I am going to share my view of this with you.
Over the years, being a medical professional, I often get a close insight into my patients’ lives as well as witness the changes, too. As a part of the treatment plans I have given to my patients in the past, in 9 out of 10 cases, one of my prescriptions has always been some sort of exercise! So, I too think that exercise is key to a happy life. I always ask my patients what type of exercise they like doing, as each one of us has different preferences of course. Luckily, most of my patients agree to do some sort of exercise.
Some of my patients say they enjoy dancing like Zumba or Salsa, some say they enjoy going on the treadmill or cross trainer, sports like swimming, tennis, and badminton are many people’s favourites while others enjoy yoga the most. Whatever your favourite sport is, engaging in some exercise will make you happy and healthier.
The reason why I pay so much importance to exercise is not merely because it helps you lose or maintain weight but most importantly because exercise improves brain function by helping to synthesize cerebral neurotransmitters like serotonin, catecholamine, and dopamine. By improving brain activity, we can easily overcome the susceptibility of developing depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and eating disorders (which is unfortunately very common in the UK). I always emphasise that a healthy mind is going to give you an even healthier body.
Clinical studies show that exercise increases blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain. It also encourages the release of the brain chemicals (hormones) that are responsible for the production of cells in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls moods, memory, emotions, and learning. Therefore, exercise can help boosts concentration levels and cognitive ability and even help reduce the risk of cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
All you need to do is identify which form of exercise appeals most to you and then do it daily or few times a week at least. Once you have found the type of exercise you enjoy, it won’t even be a chore doing it…
Vidhi Patel, R&D Consultant & Nutrition Consultant at Minerva Research Labs