(Feature) DOH cites beneficial effects of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle

February 3, 2015 3:38 am 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Feb. 1 (PNA) — Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH-National Epidemiology Center (NEC) Director IV Enrique “Eric” Tayag said that aside from improving sensitivity of insulin, exercise can help in gaining energy, improvement of memory and making an individual feel happy.

“We need to do exercise because it does not only improvesensitivity of insulin (glucose metabolism), but also gives a feeling that anything can be done because of the feeling of high energy,” Director Tayag said during the recent launching of “Belly Gud Challenge” among employees of DOH-MIMAROPA at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Project 4, Quezon City.

Insulin sensitivity is the relationship between how much insulin needs to be produced in order to deposit a certain amount of glucose in the body.

Dr. Tayag explained that as a tool for memory enhancement, exercise facilitates brain boosting wherein a person’s information processing and memory function is being improved.

He said that during exercise, where there is occurrence of increase in heart rate, the heart pumps more oxygen to the brain.

Such condition then aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells.

In addition, dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness and acts as a neuro-transmitter in the brain, gives feelings of pleasure and happiness to a person engaging in an exercise activity.

Some studies have shown that as people age, they tend to lose storage of dopamine, so exercise that releases dopamine in the body is needed.

The best way to increase brain’s dopamine production is through exercise which can be done through running, lifting, jumping, playing, dancing or any other activity fitted for the body that can result to production of that happy hormone.

If a person has a happy hormone, the tendency is to be less affected by stress hormones so less stress can result to happier and healthier life.

When a person engages in exercise, he/she can feel confident about his/her physical appearance. If an individual doesn't feel good about his/her personal look, there is a tendency for him/her to have low self-esteem.

By engaging in exercise and seeing their body transform, a boost on self-confidence occurs in individuals because exercise makes them feel stronger, more independent, and more confident. (PNA)



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