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Improve your health with 30 minutes!

Faculty: Health, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Allied Health and Social Care
Course: BSc (Hons) Public Health
Category: Allied and public health

18 January 2022

What if I say that I know a miracle treatment that can improve your health within 30min? That will help improve your mental health, cardiovascular and immune system, and memory and give you more motivation. Sound interesting?

This amazing task is known as physical activity. According to recent studies, 30 minutes per day can significantly improve your health and wellbeing. The hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning, can be increased with regular aerobic exercise, which gets your heart and sweat glands pumping. Exercise also help reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and promote the release of chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells.

Probably, you want to ask what I can do? A simple, 30 minutes walk could be enough. However, if you are ready to challenge yourself and try more advanced exercises, that would be even better. As reported by the World Health Organization, up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. Do you feel you are not ready for sports? Don’t worry! Vacuum cleaning is also a good exercise. Or maybe just turn up the music and become a dancing queen!

If you don’t fancy doing activities alone, ARU has a variety of different campus sports that you can try out for free. Different walking and jogging groups, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, and more. This is not only a way to do sports, but also meet different people who you might become friends with. You can also join the on campus gym, where you can exercise on your own with your friends or class workouts.

I love to swim. I used to do it professionally. Now for me, swimming is the time when I can be on my own and forget about all issues and tasks I need to do. During swimming training, my muscles work hard, but my brain gets a rest. Honestly, sometimes I don’t want to do anything, and I push myself to go to the gym, swimming pool or do another campus sport. After, I am so thankful to myself because I feel so much better.

During COVID-19, it is essential to take care of yourself. As mentioned, physical activity is a miracle treatment for your health. Challenge yourself and your friends to do some exercises for a few weeks and see significant changes in your wellbeing and health.


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