The human body is very unique in its creation. While the conditions of brain and rest of the body are clearly classified into physical and mental diseases; the body is fundamentally a single unit.
Lifestyle today has become extremely hectic and stressful. Most people in metropolitans suffer from anxiety or depression. Current work culture and nuclear families compound these problems further more. Most of these people resort to anti-depressants, which in the long run are known to have serious side-effects.
But, there is a much simpler and easier remedy – EXERCISE. By exercise I do not imply rigorous sports or intense workout in the gym. Even 15-30 minutes of walking, cycling, yoga, etc helps….here is how:
1. Brain cell repair: Physical activity improves circulation, which provides more oxygen to all tissues of the body, including the brain. This increases their functioning and enhances repairs, thereby improving concentration and memory.
2. Prevents degeneration: Degeneration of brain cells causes Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, etc. This process can be slowed down or may altogether be avoided by physical and/or mental exercise. Mental exercises includes activities which engage the brain, such as puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, etc.
3. No more ADHD: Incidence of Attention deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder has increased as parents fail to spend adequate time with their children. Engaging in physical activities keeps them busy, reducing incidences of violence and mania.
4. Perfect anti-depressant: Any form of physical exercise causes the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamines. These are called “happy hormones” and generally help in uplifting the mood, helping cases of anxiety and depression.
In addition to all these factors, exercise helps improve sleep, body language, energy levels and overall immunity.