Dr Kedar Padte
When a parent tries to convince a child in a high school or rather higher secondary to spend an hour at the gym the answer is ‘Daily? Are you insane? I have math, physics, chemistry, biology, classes, notes, tests, practicals, exams and travel time. I don’t have the time to hit the gym.’
On seeing the child struggle parents keep shut. Over 50 per cent of teenagers spend a considerable amount of time on ‘looks’ and sexuality. And as such the end result has to be good marks, good health, good looks, and good sexuality.
When Trisalkina had all of the above and one asked how she did it, the answer was simple – regular exercise and moderate diet.
So how does exercise increase looks or marks?
Walking is good but is not an exercise. It is an activity. Exercise is an action that raises your pulse, blood pressure and temperature. It makes one sweat and also leads one to feel breathless.
Exercise includes running, jogging, swimming, dancing, Zumba, weights, aerobics and also games such tennis, badminton, hockey, soccer, etc.
Here are the benefits of regular exercise:
Obesity or increased BMI will always put one on a back foot. An obese person is more likely to fall sick and will have less stamina. Exercise will prevent weight gain and keep one active and healthy.
Exercise combats disease: Exercise is known to improve the immune system and one’s capacity to fight disease ranging from common cold to tuberculosis. Regular joggers are known to have a lower incidence of cancers.
Regular exercise prevents depression and is known to improve endorphins in the brain. Good mood is equal to a positive influence on self, family and society.
Exercise improves daily physical performance: When an extra class, practical or submission is imposed on a student, exercise increases one’s stamina to take on the extra work or studies.
Exercise promotes better sleep.
An exercised body has good tone and is more attractive than a flabby one, this applies to both males and females.
Exercise improves concentration: Studying for any exam tests one’s brain. Physical stamina and good health are obliviously important to ensure good concentration. The brain needs abundant blood supply and exercise helps one achieve this goals with ease.
Exercise improves performance in written and practical exams. We have often witnessed students fainting or sitting down with syncope or attacks of giddiness during theory and practical exams. Lack of sleep, nutrition and poor muscle tone are the main reasons. Those who exercise can take on a six-hour practical with confidence.
What are the best exercises for teenage student?
Going to the gym is great but one may have the time constraint as travelling can take up over 90 minutes sometimes.
Best exercises are the following:
Running or jogging on a ground
Swimming for 30 minutes
Using the treadmill for 30 minutes
Zumba for 30 minutes
Dancing or a similar activity 30 minutes
Playing badminton, tennis or squash for those who have quick access, especially with a sibling, friend or neighbour
Exercise at least five times a week. Make it an important assignment for the day, almost as important as your examination and you will pass almost all the exams in life.
(Columnist is a well-known gynaecologist practising in Panaji. Send in your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org)